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A comprehensive, single volume collection of centuries of traditional yoga knowledge for scholars, practitioners and teachers of yoga.
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We have a cover!

Posted by Mark Singleton (Creator)

Hello everyone,

The project has taken rather longer than expected to finish, but we're virtually there now. The book has grown significantly from what we originally planned (from 120,000 to about 190,000 words!), as we've continued to find and incorporate lots of new and fascinating material. We think it's a better, more comprehensive book as a result. This week, we got the cover design from Penguin. Here it is for your viewing pleasure.

We're very excited that the project is finally coming to completion, even though we are running about a year over schedule! Thanks so much for your patience and continued support. The publication date is likely to be January 2016, so hang in there: it's on its way!

In other news, in October we (Jim and Mark) will be joining forces with Dr. Jason Birch to begin a five year European Research Council project at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, called The Haṭha Yoga Project (HYP). We will be making editions of ten key texts of haṭhayoga, as well as working on many articles and several books. It's a great opportunity to look into some very important and little understood aspects of yoga's history.

With gratitude,

Mark and Jim.

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      Anne O'Brien on

      Very exciting news and the book will be a delicious read to launch the New Year! Will be keen to read it and with luck even see you here in California on a book tour!

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      Eric Shaw on

      Congratulations on reaching this stage in the project and for the HYP opportunity with Jason. It's great to see you three continuing to be supported for your research. I look forward with pleasure to reading the material you bring forth.

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      Rebecca Cheeks Soule, PhD on

      I'm so excited! I was literally thinking last week "I wonder what happened with the Roots of Yoga book because I'd really like to take that on a trip with me..." and here you go. The cover is beautiful, and congratulations on your continued success and work!

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      Matti Rautaniemi on

      This will be very interesting. Can't wait!

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      Eric Shaw on

      Hi Mark and Jim,

      Thanks for the update. Beautiful cover. Blessings on your work.


    6. richard rosen on

      tapakarasana on the cover! it would certainly save the neck when inverting, but I don't have much hope for the ankles. this is very exciting, I'm sure this book will be an instant classic that every serious training program in the English speaking yoga world will want as required reading. i'll now begin waiting for my copy with bated breath.