Past Events


Guest Lecture - "Yoga and Health in Modern India"

tudents of Naval Children School and Naval Kindergarten, Ezhimala participating in the mass yoga demonstration at Indian Naval Academy to commemorate the 3rd International Yoga Day 2017. Photo by the Indian Navy.

Suzanne Newcombe will give a guest lecture for student on SOAS's MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation course on

Monday March 19 2018 -  3-5pm
Room G51a, Ground Floor, Main Building SOAS

She will cover the development of yoga in modern India and its entaglements with nationalism, health care and ayurveda from the late ninteenth century to the present.



Presentation by Dagmar Wujastyk: AyurYog: Entangled Histories of Yoga, Ayurveda and Alchemy in South Asia

Image of Yogi at the Mahamandir at Jodhpur by Jacqueline Hargreaves

March 2, 10:30, Lehar Gasse 6-8, 1060 Vienna



Interview with Suzanne Newcombe "Authenticity and Transformations in Yoga Traditions" at the online conference: Embodied Philosophy: Yoga Reconsidered

Sunday, Feb 18, 4pm EST (9pm GMT, 10pm CET)

Authenticity and Transformationsin Yoga Traditions


Presentation by Dagmar Wujastyk: "Healthcare and longevity practices in yoga, ayurveda and rasaśāstra" at the online conference: Embodied Philosophy: Yoga Reconsidered

Sunday, Feb 18, 2pm EST (7pm GMT, 8pm CET)

Healthcare and longevity practices in yoga, ayurveda and rasaśāstra


The medical practices of yogins in medieval India. The case of the Dharmaputrikā

Christèle Barois

Lecture by Christèle Barois

6 pm, October 19, 2017

Seminar Room SR 1

Institute for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies

Spitalgasse 2, courtyard 2, door 7, 1090 Vienna




Yoga, Ayurveda, Magic and Alchemy

Photograph of a sadhu in a holy river by Joey L from the series 'Holy Men'

Public Talk by Suzanne Newcombe on Yoga, Ayurveda, Magic and Alchemy
Tuesday 17 October 2017, 6.30-8.30pm
Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT (Baker Street tube)
Tickets available here.


Presentation by Dagmar Wujastyk: Potent panaceas: Tracing the development from plant‐based medicine to iatrochemistry in Ayurveda

Heating a strip of iron at a rasaśāstra workshop with Andrew Mason (

In around the ninth century CE, the Sanskrit medical texts began to record profound changes in the methods used for drug manufacture. New substances, such as heavy metals and mineral poisons, were added to the ayurvedic pharmacopoeia or were given new prominence. More significantly, however, new ways of processing raw materials were introduced that were thought to make them both fit for medical use and at the same time heighten the substances’ potency.


Presentation by Suzanne Newcombe: Longevity practices in India during the modern period: public health imperatives and individual aspirations

The logistics and economics of how to promote health and longevity amongst the vast population of India is a perennial problem. Yoga has increasingly been seen by the government of India as a potential asset in their promotion of longevity for the general population. This presentation will outline the variety of pragmatic approaches that were taken to promote yoga as public health under the category of ‘Indigenous Medicine’ from the Usman Report of 1923, to the recent promotion of AYUSH to the level of Ministry in 2014.


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.


Presentation by Christèle Barois: Longevity practices from the Chāndogya Upaniṣad onwards

Vayas, key term for “age” in the ayurvedic treatises, is a heuristic concept that is helpful in reflecting on issues of longevity, rejuvenation, and immortality. When considering longevity specifically, the Chāndogya Upaniṣad III.15-16 provides extensive material for reflection. In the context of ritual invocations aiming at longevity, it offers a meaning of vayas close to that found in medical treatises; it describes three periods of life, and provides us with a canonical human lifespan of 116 years.

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