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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Of Scholarship and Bengali Nāth Literature

By Centre of Yoga Studies|April 1, 2021|Uncategorized|0 comments

Event details: “Is the Bengali Nāth literature really Nāth?” by Lubomír Ondračka, 13th January, 2021. Event recording: YouTube This post written by: Sabbi Lall Lubomír Ondračka provided much food for thought during his talk at the SOAS Center for Yoga Studies. “Is the Bengali Nāth literature really Nāth?” examined possible links between Bengali Nāth literature, Nāth yogis more broadly, and the modern-day Bengali Nāth caste. His research does not provide much

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Translations and Transformations

By Centre of Yoga Studies|April 1, 2021|Uncategorized|0 comments

Event details: “Alchemy and Yoga” by Dagmar Wujastyk, 10th February 2021. Event recording: YouTube This post written by: Josh Potter For many Western yogis (myself included), the relationship between yoga and alchemy (or yoga as a form of internalized alchemy) has figured as a tantalizing ligature between esoteric practices that appear to span historical and cultural context. Yet, for most (myself included), knowledge of both European and Indian alchemy rarely extends beyond

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In search of Yoginīs

By Centre of Yoga Studies|January 14, 2021|Uncategorized|1 comments

Event details: “Yoginī temples and their antecedents: reassessing the textual evidence” by Shaman Hatley, 21st October 2020. Event recording: YouTube This post written by: Sabbi Lall Yoginī traditions and worship hold tremendous thrall over the imagination : they fly, if propitiated they might help a patron win a war, but should you reveal their secrets, they might well destroy you. In a recent talk at the SOAS Center for Yoga

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Entangled Ontologies

By Centre of Yoga Studies|January 6, 2021|Uncategorized|0 comments

In September 2020, the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies ran a seminar series titled ‘Yoga and Philosophy’. After the seminars, we invited participants to write posts reflecting on each one. The presentation portion of the seminar series is available on our YouTube channel. Seminar: ‘Entangled Ontologies in the Pātañjalayogaśāstra: Sāṃkhya, Sarvāstivāda and Sautrāntika’ led by Karen O’Brien-Kop. This post written by: Rocco Cestola. On September 21, 2020, the Yoga and Philosophy Seminar

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Write for us?

By Centre of Yoga Studies|December 15, 2020|Uncategorized|0 comments

We aim with this blog to promote good scholarly conversations, by offering early career, independent or established academics the opportunity to write posts in response to some of our events. If this describes you, and you have attended, or are planning to attend any of our events, we’d be delighted to hear from you. We are particularly interested when such writing crosses international borders and disciplinary boundaries. This is a

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Ontology, epistemology, ethics

By Centre of Yoga Studies|December 1, 2020|Uncategorized|0 comments

In September 2020, the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies ran a seminar series titled ‘Yoga and Philosophy’. After the seminars, we invited participants to write posts reflecting on each one. The presentation portion of the seminar series is available on our YouTube channel. Seminar: ‘Studying Yoga Philosophically: ontology, epistemology, ethics’ led by Mikel Burley. This post written by: Vicky Addinall. Can yoga be considered an ethical system? Should we consider

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Internalized Asceticism: Taxonomy, Tattva-Abhyāsa, and Jñāna-Yoga

By Centre of Yoga Studies|December 1, 2020|Uncategorized|0 comments

In September 2020, the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies ran a seminar series titled ‘Yoga and Philosophy’. After the seminars, we invited participants to write posts reflecting on each one. The presentation portion of the seminar series is available on our YouTube channel. Seminar: ‘Internalized Asceticism: Taxonomy, Tattva-Abhyāsa, and Jñāna-Yoga’ led by Karl-Stéphan Bouthillette. This post written by: Tamara Cohen. On 14 September 2020, Dr. Karl-Stéphan Bouthillette presented a seminar

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Yoga, Philosophy and Gender: Sulabhā in the Mahābhārata

By Centre of Yoga Studies|December 1, 2020|Uncategorized|0 comments

In September 2020, the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies ran a seminar series titled ‘Yoga and Philosophy’. After the seminars, we invited participants to write posts reflecting on each one. The presentation portion of the seminar series is available on our YouTube channel. Seminar: ‘Yoga, Philosophy and Gender: Sulabhā in the Mahābhārata’ led by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad. This post written by: Amanda Sue Evans. “Furthermore, ecological phenomenology as a perspective on

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