Cultural (Mis)appropriation in Yoga

A Teachers Symposium

triyoga Camden in London
9th September, 2017

This Teachers Symposium offered a lively discussion on the difficult to navigate topic of Cultural Appropriation in Yoga. An audio recording of the event is available for listening here

The panelists:
Sally Kempton, a yoga and meditation teacher from the U.S. with more than 20 years experience as a teaching swami in the Saraswati order of Indian monks. 
Max Strom, an American wellness teacher and creator of Inner Axis, an interdisciplinary method that he does not call yoga even as he teaches its postures and breath practices. 
Jason Birch, a post-doctoral research fellow at SOAS University of London. His area of research is in the medieval yoga traditions of India. He is critically editing and translating six Haṭhayoga texts for a 5-year ERC-funded research project. 
Satish K Sharma, the General Secretary of the National Council of Hindu Temples (UK) and Chairman of the British Board of Hindu Scholars, who is concerned that those with little scriptural knowledge are recasting the sacred practices of yoga. 
Stacie CC Graham, founder of OYA Retreats which delivers holistic movement and mindfulness practice to Black women and women of colour. 

Sanskrit Texts on Yoga

A Manuscript Workshop by the Haṭha Yoga Project

SOAS, University of London and All Souls College, University of Oxford
12th-16th September, 2016

This is a very small window into the great work being done by the Haṭha Yoga Project, particularly on the reading of Sanskrit manuscripts on Yoga. It features Prof. Alexis Sanderson and  other luminaries in the field of Yoga, Śaivism, and Sanskrit Philology. This is a very rich offering with a film taster, photos, audio recordings, handouts.... in fact, too much to highlight. 

The presentation on the Haṭhābyāsapaddhiti by Dr Jason Birch and Dr Mark Singleton is available here.

The full programme of presentations are available for listening here.

Sanskrit Reading Room

SOAS University of London

A fortnightly reading forum for budding Sanskritists to improve their Sanskrit language skills and be up to date with current Indological research. Participation is open to all students of Sanskrit, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, from UK institutions of higher education.

Find more details visit the Sanskrit Reading Room website.

AyurYog Workshop: Rejuvenation, Longevity, Immortality

Perspectives on rasāyana, kāyakalpa and bcud len practices.

Institute for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna
21st - 22nd October, 2016

The two-day workshop explored the historically linked South and Inner Asian practices of rasāyana, kāyakalpa and bcud len. These are practices, treatment techniques and formulations aimed at a variety of goals that range from prolonging life, restoring youthfulness, and promoting physical health, to accessing special powers, achieving enlightenment, and attaining immortality. Read a summary of this fascinating conference here

All of the talks are available for viewing on the AyurYog Youtube channel.

Yoga Darśana, Yoga Sādhana: Traditions, Transmissions, Transformation

Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, Krakow
19th - 21st May, 2016

Keynote Session featuring Dr James Mallinson and Dr Jason Birch at the international academic conference Yoga Darśana, Yoga Sādhana: Traditions, Transmissions, Transformations.

Yoga: Austerity, Passion and Peace

The British Museum
Friday 8 April 2016, 18.30 – 20.00

This interdisciplinary panel of experts will examine yoga from ancient Indic times to the present, with reference to the modern quest for authentic spiritual communion with the divine, both from an Indian perspective and a global one.

Chaired by independent scholar and founding director of Calm Energy Yoga Hilary Lewis Ruttley, panellists include Dr Jason Birch of The Haṭha Yoga Project at SOAS, novelist, journalist and award-winning BBC broadcaster Jameela Siddiqi, and Sunil Khilnani, Avantha Professor and Director, King’s India Institute.

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