Public Discussion on What is Yoga? in London on 23 September 2018


Public Discussion on What is Yoga? in London on 23 September 2018

Suzanne Newcombe will present Ayuryog research at the advanced teacher training programme at triyoga London in Soho: 2nd floor Kingly Court, Soho, London, W1B 5PW.

On the afternoon Sunday 23 September 2018 from 2.30-6.30 pm, she will take part in a public scholar symposium: what is yoga? with Jason Birch, James Mallinson, Richard Rosen and Mark Singleton. 

What is yoga? This question is likely to provoke as many different answers as there are as many different practitioners, with thoughts and theories ranging from it being a spiritual path of enlightenment to a fitness regime in pursuit of the body beautiful.

So who’s right and how is it that this ancient spiritual tradition has now become such a world-wide phenomenon where posture based practice dominates and proliferates on social media? Is what we practice today anything like the forms of practice that evolved from antiquity? As yoga’s popularity continues to spread and grow into a massive commercial industry, inquiring into the origins, history and authenticity of yoga can be an illuminating and profound revelation to both teachers and students alike.

For the first time in the UK, five of the world’s leading scholars on the study of yoga philosophy and history are gathering to present their most current and pioneering research and direct experience in a unique symposium to be held at triyoga. Within the academic world as well as front line yoga teaching, their studies have sparked a provocative and enriching exchange of ideas.

The symposium will offer yoga practitioners and teachers an opportunity to hear about their findings and ask questions about their work. Participants will also glean insights into the rich and layered history of yoga that will allow them to better share their modern experience through informed understanding of its past.



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