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Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies

Edited by: Suzanne Newcombe , Karen O’Brien-Kop

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138484863
eBook ISBN: 9781351050753
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351050753
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Book description

The Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary resource, which frames and contextualises the rapidly expanding fields that explore yoga and meditative techniques. The book analyses yoga and meditation studies in a variety of religious, historical and geographical settings. The chapters, authored by an international set of experts, are laid out across five sections:

  • Introduction to yoga and meditation studies
  • History of yoga and meditation in South Asia
  • Doctrinal perspectives: technique and praxis
  • Global and regional transmissions
  • Disciplinary framings

In addition to up-to-date explorations of the history of yoga and meditation in the Indian subcontinent, new contexts include a case study of yoga and meditation in the contemporary Tibetan diaspora, and unique summaries of historical developments in Japan and Latin America as well as an introduction to the growing academic study of yoga in Korea. Underpinned by critical and theoretical engagement, the volume provides an in-depth guide to the history of yoga and meditation studies and combines the best of established research with attention to emerging directions for future investigation. This handbook will be of interest to multidisciplinary academic audiences from across the humanities, social sciences and sciences.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Reframing yoga and meditation studies Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Decolonising yoga Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Meditation in contemporary contexts Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The scholar-practitioner of yoga in the western academy  Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Neoliberal yoga Download PDF
Chapter  6:  How yoga became yoga Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Buddhist meditation in South Asia Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Tantric transformations of yoga Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Early haT.hayoga  Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Yoga and meditation in modern esoteric traditions Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Hindu ascetics and the political in contemporary India Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Yoga and meditation as a health intervention  Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Yoga and meditation in the Jain tradition  Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Daoist meditation Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Islam, yoga and meditation Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Sikhi(sm) Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Christianity Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Secular discourse as a legitimating strategy for mindfulness meditation Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Yoga and meditation traditions in insular Southeast Asia Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Yoga in Tibet Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The political history of meditation and yoga in Japan  Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Yoga and meditation in Korea Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Yoga in Latin America Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Anglophone yoga and meditation outside of India Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The yogic body in global transmission Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Philology and digital humanities Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Observing yoga Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Yoga and philosophy Download PDF
Chapter  29:  On ‘meditational art’ and maṇḍalas as objects of meditation  Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The psychophysiology of yoga Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Meditation and the cognitive sciences Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Inclusive identities Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Yoga: between meditation and movement  Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Sound and yoga  Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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