Philipp Maas (Hrsg.)
Over the last three decades, Modern Yoga Studies has established itself as a vibrant and multifaceted field of research that fruitfully combines approaches from various academic disciplines such as Indology and South Asian studies, religious studies, philosophy, art history, and anthropology. Through this multidisciplinary effort, the perception of Yoga in the academic world has fundamentally changed. Yoga is now generally recognized as a phenomenon of South Asian cultural, religious and philosophical history that developed through creative, flexible and constructive processes into a phenomenon of substantial significance for the globalized world. Multiple aspects of Yoga and its history remain in the dark or are just beginning to receive the scholarly attention they deserve. Nevertheless, the scholarly progress that was recently achieved concerning the traditions of Pātañjala, Haṭha, and Rāja Yoga, their interrelation and entanglement with other pre-modern Indian religious and philosophical traditions, the relationship of Yoga, Indian medicine (Ayurveda) and alchemy, the role of Yoga in Tantric traditions, the history of physical Yoga and āsana-practice etc. can hardly be over-emphasized. These significant improvements in the state of research are communicated, discussed, and shared in the present volume to satisfy the needs for information of academic specialists and a general academic audience with a sustained interest in the history of premodern Yoga theory and practice.
Studia Indologica Universitatis Halensis | Volume 28
(not yet published)