Past Events


Presentation by Dagmar Wujastyk: Rasāyana in Sanskrit alchemical literature

In Indian alchemical literature, the Sanskrit term “rasāyana” is used to describe alchemical operations, i.e. all that is involved in the  taking of elixirs for attaining a state of spiritual liberation in a living body.

01.08.2017 to 03.08.2017


Vienna, August 1-3, 2017

Co-hosted by the Dept. of South Asian, Tibet and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna and the Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences


Presentation by Suzanne Newcombe: 'A Historical Overview on Yoga as a Medical Intervention'

A woman perfoms Nadishodhana Pranayama at the International Day of Yoga Celebration at the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Kolkata, under the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India in 2015

The Nehru Centre in association with The All Party Parliamentary Group - Indian Traditional Sciences will be organising a one-day Symposium on Friday, 23rd June 2017 to mark the 3rd UN International Day of Yoga. 

Dr. Suzanne Newcombe will be giving a talk at 10.50am on Friday the 23 June 2017 on 'A Historical Overview of Yoga as a Medical Intervention'.


Panel discussion at the Vienna International Centre for International Yoga Day

AyurYog team member Suzanne Newcombe was invited to participate in a panel discusison on 'Yoga, Wellness and Nutrition' to mark the International Day of Yoga at the Vienna International Centre on 21 June 2017. The event was organised by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.


Philosophy in Contemporary Yoga Symposium - Triyoga (London)

Triyoga London

Yoga, as taught in the West, can sometimes focus on the instruction of āsana (posture) at the expense of the philosophy of it. Some yoga teachers, from the newly-qualified to the more experienced, may find themselves uncomfortable integrating the teachings of the Upanișads (seventh – first century BCE), the Yogasūtra of Patañjali (400 CE) or Tantric texts (sixth to thirteenth centuries CE) into their classes. This Teachers Symposium seeks to identify philosophy’s place in the teaching of modern yoga, and will hopefully help yoga teachers better understand how they can translate ancient – sometimes esoteric – concepts and ideas into action in our every day lives on and off the mat.

The panelists are Hamish Hendry, James Mallinson, Suzanne Newcombe and Carlos Pomeda.


Christèle Barois: The Dharmaputrikā: A textual apparatus for yoga

IFP Talk Series

French Institute of Pondicherry

New Conference Hall

11, Saint Louis Street

Pondicherry 605 001  

April 20, 4:30 pm



Guest lecture by Suzanne Newcombe: "Yoga in the Modern Period"

Photo of Diana Clifton teaching Iyengar yoga in Pasadena, California in 1977. Photograph courtesy of the Iyengar Yoga Association (UK) Archives.

Guest lecture for Traditions of Yoga and Meditation's MA course at SOAS on "The Origins and Development of Yoga in Ancient India" 

March 22nd (Wednesday) from 1-3pm room 559, Main Building of SOAS. 


Presentation by Suzanne Newcombe: Immortality and the Medical Interventions of Sadhus

Gravure représentant un sâdhu (18e siècle) by Frans Balthazar Solvyns

Social Sciences and Religion seminar

Time and venue:
Tuesday, 17:30-19:00, Kings College, Room 3.01 (Virginia Woolf Building).

03.11.2016 to 04.11.2016

Presentation by Christèle Barois: Medical practices and yoga: the case of the Dharmaputrikā / Pratiques médicales et yoga : l’exemple de la Dharmaputrikā


Penser l’Université de Demain :
Faire dialoguer recherche fondamentale et humanités

What would be the University of the Future: a breakthrough in the dialogue between basic research and humanities

November 3-4, 2016

Université de Strasbourg
Salle Europe - MISHA


November 4

10h45 – 11h30 : “Medical practices and yoga: the case of the Dharmaputrikā

21.10.2016 to 22.10.2016

AyurYog Workshop: Rejuvenation, longevity, immortality. Perspectives on rasāyana, kāyakalpa and bcud len practices

Picture of copper purification, courtesy of Andrew Mason

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.

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