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Suzanne Newcombe
An estimated 500 people from the Seychelles participated in an open-air yoga session to celebrate the first International Day of Yoga.

The 21st of June was declared by the United Nations as ‘International Yoga Day’ (first celebrated in 2015). During this period of international celebrations of yoga, it is particularly valuable to recall the complex and multi-valiant nature of yoga in the contemporary world.

Dagmar Wujastyk

The joint conference of AyurYog with three other Vienna projects on Asian medicine is coming up and we are delighted to announce the programme. The conference is open to the public. Come and join us for what promises to be an exciting event!

 

TUESDAY, August 1st

9.00 Welcoming addresses and acknowledgements

Dagmar Wujastyk
Suzanne Newcombe

In 1946, on the eve of full independence from Britain, the Government of India announced the establishment of a committee to recommend necessary steps to ‘improve facilities for research and training in indigenous systems and generally to increase their usefulness to the public’ (p. 9).

Dagmar Wujastyk
Bronze purification, image courtesy of Andrew Mason, neterapublishing.com

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.

Suzanne Newcombe
http://theyogaposter.com/

This popular image of the ‘Yoga Poster’ (http://theyogaposter.com/) depicts the history of yoga as that of a branching tree with its roots in the ‘Vedic Period’ and leaves which could potentially include all the forms of yoga in existence today.

Dagmar Wujastyk

In new research projects, one sets out to cover new ground, explore the unknown, make exciting discoveries, and set the record straight on some previous assumptions. With this focus on discovering the new, it is easy to forget just how much of research depends on work already done by others.

Christèle Barois
Arion Roşu at his home study at Versailles in 2002. Photo taken by Eugen Ciurtin and reproduced with his kind permission.

No need to introduce Arion Roşu (1924-2007), eminent scholar in the study of Ayurveda. Roşu was drawn to the subject of traditional Indian medicine from the 1950s. His doctoral thesis, supervised by Jean Filliozat, was published under the title Les conceptions psychologiques dans les textes médicaux indiens (Publications de l’Institut de civilisation indienne, 1978).

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