"Yoga in Britain" Book Launch and Reception - a dialogue with Suzanne Newcombe and Mark Singleton

"Yoga in Britain" Book Launch and Reception - a dialogue with Suzanne Newcombe and Mark Singleton

"Yoga in Britain" Book Launch and Reception - a dialogue with Suzanne Newcombe and Mark Singleton

Date: Fri, 4 October 2019; 18:30 – 20:45 BST
Location: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London, 10 Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG

Yoga in Britain reveals how yoga came to be a mainstream activity in the twentieth century. It was transformed from an esoteric concept into something that would be taught to thousands of middle-class women in adult education classes. For the post-war welfare state, yoga was understood as having potential public bene­fit in promoting physical health and wellbeing. This setting is crucial for understanding the methods and expectations found in globally popular forms of yoga. Moreover, yoga has not developed in a linear manner. Old and new forms co-exist, adapting to suit the specific needs of particular populations.

Using extensive archival evidence and oral history interviews, the book reveals the diversity of individuals involved with the popularisation of yoga. At this event, the author, Suzanne Newcombe (Open University and Inform, King’s College London), will be discussing the book in conversation with Mark Singleton (Haṭha Yoga Project, SOAS). This will be followed by a drinks reception.

This event is free but booking is required. Please use the Centre of Yoga Studies' Eventbrite page for booking. 

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