New Research on Physical Yoga | Findings from the ERC-funded Hatha Yoga project (2015-2020) and Current Research Projects

New Research on Physical Yoga | Findings from the ERC-funded Hatha Yoga project (2015-2020) and Current Research Projects

  • 27 Sep
    2022

    Yoga and Tantra

    Various Scholars

New Research on Physical Yoga | Findings from the ERC-funded Hatha Yoga project (2015-2020) and Current Research Projects

Individual presentations and Q&A to follow with Dr. Jim Mallinson (lead investigator), Dr. Jason Birch and Jacqueline Hargreaves (participating members)

This presentation will cover the most significant research discoveries and developments of the Hatha Yoga Project, including new recensions of several Haṭha texts and the results of fieldwork that was carried out during the project. The philological work completed by this project has made possible the ‘Light on Haṭha’ Project (2021–23), which is aiming to produce a new edition and translation of the fifteenth-century text called the Haṭhapradīpikā. The presentation will conclude by discussing recent findings from this new project. 

Free Online Public Lecture | Platform: Zoom

 

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September 27, 2022

Timing: 5:00 - 7:00 PM IST

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Jacqueline Hargreaves

Jacqueline Hargreaves

Jacqueline Hargreaves, BE (Hons), E-RYT, is Programme Convenor for YogaStudies Online at SOAS University of London. She researches the contemporary meeting place between historical practices and their application in a modern (mainly therapeutic) environment. Jacqueline curated the exhibition Embodied Liberation (2019–2020) at the Brunei Gallery, London, which included the documentary film that brought to life the eighteenth-century yoga of the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati. She is a founding member and online editor of the Journal of Yoga Studies, a peer reviewed, open access academic journal, and The Luminescent, an independent, evidence-based research hub for the history and practice of Yoga and Meditation.

James Mallinson

James Mallinson

Dr James Mallinson is lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical Indian Studies at SOAS, University of London. He took his BA in Sanskrit from Oxford, MA in ethnography from SOAS and a DPhil, which was a critical edition and annotated translation of the Khecarividya, an early text of hathayoga, from Oxford, where he studied under Professor Alexis Sanderson. Dr Mallinson’s main research area is Hatha Yoga and his primary method is textual study, which he supplements with art historical and ethnographic research. Dr Mallinson has published extensively and is currently leading a five-year research project on the history of Hatha Yoga funded by the European Research Council.

Jason Birch

Jason Birch

Jason Birch (DPhil, Oxon) is a senior research fellow for the ‘Light on Hatha Yoga’ project, hosted at SOAS University of London and the University of Marburg. He is also a visiting researcher on the Suśruta Project at the University of Alberta (http://sushrutaproject.org). He is well known for his important paper on the meaning of haṭha in early Haṭhayoga, which has reshaped our understanding of the origins of this term by locating it within Buddhist literature. His dissertation focused on a seminal Rājayoga text called the Amanaska. Through extensive fieldwork in India and the reconstruction of primary sources, Birch has identified the earliest text to teach a system of Haṭhayoga and Rājayoga, namely the twelfth-century Amaraugha. His most recent publication has defined a corpus of Sanskrit and vernacular texts that emerged during Haṭhayoga's floruit, the period in which it thrived on the eve of colonialism.