Yoga’s (not so) distant relatives

By Centre of Yoga Studies|October 24, 2022|Uncategorized|0 comments

Event details: SOAS CYS summer course, 2022 This post written by: Lea Stiller We asked a student on our summer course to write a few reflections provoked by their time studying with us. When I first started studying Sanskrit, our teacher asked a question: “Who came here because of Yoga? And who came here because of Buddhism?” Around the same number of students raised their hands for each of these

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Revitalizing and researching goddess rituals

By Centre of Yoga Studies|March 28, 2022|Uncategorized|0 comments

Event details: “Enlivening the Goddess and Feeding the Dead” by Amy Allocco, 7th February, 2022. This post written by: Sabbi Lall Dr. Amy Allocco (Elon University, USA) studies contemporary Hindu ritual traditions and religious practices in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, India. She shared her latest research in a recent talk at the SOAS Center of Yoga Studies. The talk focused on Mayānakkoḷḷai, a festival devoted to the goddess Aṅkāḷaparamēcuvari that coincides

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SOAS CYS 2021 End of Year review

By Centre of Yoga Studies|December 17, 2021|Uncategorized|0 comments

The Centre of Yoga Studies had our AGM recently, and with an audience feedback project earlier in the year, and a couple of big plans for 2022, we thought it would be nice to gather all this together and give our followers an end of year review. Events in 2020-2021 In the 2020-2021 academic year, we ran 25 lectures, book launches and special events, from Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad speaking on Yoga,

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Introducing our new MA reps

By Centre of Yoga Studies|December 17, 2021|Uncategorized|1 comments

Erica Morton McGill I am a writer, yoga teacher and space holder, and lifelong student. For over ten years I worked with The Art of Yoga Project, a non-profit bringing yoga and meditation to incarcerated and at-risk teenage girls in the San Francisco Bay Area. I composed the organization’s guidebook on teaching trauma-informed yoga and crafted an extensive curriculum, designed to offer contemplative practices in prisons and schools. After years

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The Agony of Yoga

By Centre of Yoga Studies|October 12, 2021|Uncategorized|0 comments

Event details: SOAS CYS summer school, 2021 This post written by: Varun Aiyer We asked a couple of students on our summer school to write a few reflections provoked by their time studying with us. This is one of two pieces in response. The present times, to my mind, demand from practitioners, researchers, scholars, seekers of every field of work- study, if at all their inner persons exercise the will to

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Yoga – the Mahasagar from time immemorial

By Centre of Yoga Studies|October 12, 2021|Uncategorized|0 comments

Event details: SOAS CYS summer school, 2021 This post written by: Richa Agarwal We asked a couple of students on our summer school to write a few reflections provoked by their time studying with us. This is one of two pieces in response. When you grow up as an Indian infused with a culture of rich classical Indian traditions like Yoga and Vedanta since childhood, the understanding that ‘Yoga is not just

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Making it easier to find what you like

By Centre of Yoga Studies|September 9, 2021|Uncategorized|0 comments

As we slowly gather a library of recordings of our talks, we’re starting to tag our online content with hashtags that will help you orient yourselves what we have to offer. We’ve looked quite carefully at the results of our survey earlier this year and our aim is not to ‘accurately’ label content and events. Our aim is to help those who are into a particular kind of yoga-related research,

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My first paper was challenging and exhilarating

By Centre of Yoga Studies|August 31, 2021|Uncategorized|0 comments

Event details: SOAS CYS Post-graduate student conference, 2021 Event recording: YouTube This post written by: Scott Lamps The opportunity to present a 15 minute talk or ‘paper’ at SOAS’s Post-Graduation Student Conference was my first such experience. I have presented and taught in many other disciplines, but the scholarly format and audience were new for me.  I am a longtime practitioner of yoga. In the premodern texts of yoga, the concept of samādhi has

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YDYS 2022

By Centre of Yoga Studies|June 9, 2021|Uncategorized|0 comments

YDYS 2022 18th – 21st May 2022, Kraków The Jagiellonian University Institute for the Study of Religions and the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies invite you to participate in the international academic conference: Yoga darśana, yoga sādhana: methods, migrations, mediations. Let us be honest with you – working as a Yoga Studies scholar is a lot more precarious than many of you might realise. Part-time, unpaid, and short-term work is

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Post-Graduate Student Conference

By Centre of Yoga Studies|April 30, 2021|Uncategorized|0 comments

Here at the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies it is our remit to promote, support and share great research happening in the field of Yoga Studies. We know that our audience is interested in the latest, most exciting work and how it’s done. We also know that it can be hard for graduate students in particular to find knowledgeable, supportive audiences with which to share their work. With this in

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