Past Events


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


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.

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 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.


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.

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