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I’m new to yoga. What are the must-reads? Try these three books suggested by Douglas Brooks, PhD,Professor of religion, University of Rochester, New York, for a careful study of the history of modern yoga and its relationship to the South Asian traditions of yoga.
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: A Biography
(Princeton University Press, 2014), by David Gordon White, a religious studies professor at UC Santa Barbara
White reviews the various interpretations of the ancient sutras (aphorisms that inform yoga practice) written by the Indian sage Patanjali and investigates how yoga today differs from yoga at its origins. (amazon.com)
Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice
(Oxford University Press, 2010), by Mark Singleton, a yoga researcher
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The Yoga Tradition: Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice
(Hohm Press, 3rd edition, 2001), by Georg Feuerstein, PhD, a preeminent yoga scholar