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Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies





ISBN 9781138484863
Published October 29, 2020 by Routledge
564 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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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

PART I: INTRODUCTION TO YOGA AND MEDITATION STUDIES

1. Reframing Yoga and Meditation Studies

Karen O’Brien-Kop and Suzanne Newcombe

2. Decolonising Yoga 

Shameem Black

3. Meditation in Contemporary Contexts: Current Discussions

Ville Husgafvel

4. The Scholar-Practitioner of Yoga in the Western Academy

Mark Singleton and Borayin Larios

5. Neoliberal Yoga

Andrea Jain

PART II: HISTORY OF YOGA AND MEDITATION IN SOUTH ASIA

6. How Yoga Became Yoga: Yoga and Meditation up to the Classical Period

Kengo Harimoto

7. Buddhist Meditation in South Asia: An Overview

Florin Deleanu

8. Tantric Transformations of Yoga: Kundalinī in the 9-10th century

Olga Serbaeva

9. Early Hathayoga

Mark Singleton

10. Yoga and Meditation in Modern Esoteric Traditions

Julian Strube

11. Hindu Ascetics and the Political in Contemporary India

Raphaël Voix

12. Yoga and Meditation as a Health Intervention

Suzanne Newcombe

PART III: DOCTRINAL PERSPECTIVES: TECHNIQUE AND PRAXIS

13. Yoga and Meditation in the Jain Tradition

Samani Pratibha Pragya

14. Daoist Meditation

Louis Komjathy

15. Islam, Yoga and Meditation

Patrick D’Silva

16. Sikhi(sm): Yoga and Meditation

Balbinder S. Bhopal

17. Christianity: Classical, Modern, and Post-Modern Forms of Contemplation

Michael Stoeber and Jaegil Lee

18. Secular Discourse as a Legitimating Strategy for Mindfulness Meditation

Masoumeh Rahmani 

PART IV: GLOBAL AND REGIONAL TRANSMISSIONS

19. Yoga and Meditation Traditions in Insular Southeast Asia

Andrea Acri

20. Yoga in Tibet

Naomi Worth

21. The Political History of Meditation and Yoga in Japan

Hidehiko Kurita 22.

Yoga and Meditation in Korea

Kwangsoo Park and Younggil Park

23. Yoga in Latin America: A Critical Overview

Adrián Muñoz

24. Anglophone Yoga and Meditation Outside of India

Suzanne Newcombe and Philip Deslippe

25. The Yogic Body in Global Transmission

Sravana Borkataky-Varma

PART V: DISCIPLINARY FRAMINGS

26. Philology and Digital Humanities

Charles Li

27. Observing Yoga: The Use of Ethnography to Develop Yoga Studies

Daniela Bevilacqua

28. Yoga and Philosophy: Ontology, Epistemology, Ethics

Mikel Burley

29. On ‘Meditational Art’ and Mandalas as Objects of Meditation

Gudrun Bühnemann

30. The Psychophysiology of Yoga: Characteristics of the Main Components and Review of Research Studies

Laura Schmalzl, Pamela Jeter and Sat Bir Khalsa

31. Meditation and the Cognitive Sciences

Asaf Federman

32. Inclusive Identities – The Lens of Critical Theory

Karen-Ann Wong

33. Yoga: Between Meditation and Movement

Matylda Ciołkosz

34. Sound and Yoga

Finnian M.M. Gerety

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Editor(s)

Biography

Suzanne Newcombe is a senior lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University, UK, and Honorary Director of Inform, an independent charitable organisation which researches and provides information about minority religions and is based at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London, UK.

Karen O'Brien-Kop is a lecturer in Asian Religions and Ethics at the University of Roehampton, UK.