Many of us rise and shine with the sun salutations, but do we know the history behind the sequence?* Yoga scholar Mark Singleton shares his take from his book Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice, via Decolonizing Yoga.
Mark Singleton is also a co-founder (with James Mallison) of the Roots of Yoga project, a sourcebook that aims to “cover the major historical moments of yoga’s evolution within the Indian subcontinent (from about 500BCE to 1750CE) and show the continuities, disjunctions and developments that have characterized its theory and practice across the centuries.” Singleton and Mallison successfully raised over $50,000 on kickstarter last year to fund the project.
By uncovering the old, does it help us make sense of the new?
*for perspective, noted modern yoga styles that do not incorporate the sun salutation: Iyengar, Bikram, Kundalini. noted style that is all about it: Ashtanga (from which almost all of the “vinyasa flows” borrow.)