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Dagmar Wujastyk
Christèle Barois
Dagmar Wujastyk

Perhaps you noticed at the end of the first AyurYog film on reconstructing alchemical procedures that the filmmaker thanks Dr Jinal Thakkar and Dr Parth Kale. These are the rasashastra experts with formal university training in India that Andrew Mason has consulted with.

Dagmar Wujastyk

Untangling Traditions

Yoga, ayurveda and alchemy have historically been considered different disciplinary fields. However, evidence also demonstrates complex interactions and areas of significant overlap. The AyurYog project’s goal has been to reveal the historical entanglements of these fields of knowledge and practice, and to trace the trajectories of their evolution as components of today's global healthcare and personal development industries.

Suzanne Newcombe

An important theme of Ayuryog research has been the complexity of entanglements. In the past few years we have been able to shine a spotlight on a few areas of intersection between yoga, ayurveda and rasaśāstra (Indian alchemy).

Dagmar Wujastyk

For many, Ayurveda is associated with natural remedies based on herbs, massages and cleansing treatments, and above all, with a healthy lifestyle of balanced nutrition and self-care. Ayurveda is indeed all that, but also much more. One of Ayurveda’s less well-known aspects is its historical connection with Indian alchemy, or Rasashastra (= rasaśāstra).

Dagmar Wujastyk
Śrītattvanidhi (Detail from plate 15: Āsana no. 86, Viratāsana) Published by Sjoman, Norman (1996). Yoga Traditions of the Mysore Palace, plate 15 (detail).

This blogpost was co-written by Dagmar Wujastyk, Jason Birch, and Jacqueline Hargreaves. A parallel version can be found at The Luminescent. A pdf version can be found here.

Dagmar Wujastyk

ERCcOMICS is a project that uses the power of visual storytelling to communicate the contents of ERC projects. This year, AyurYog was chosen by by ERCcOMICS as one of the projects that would be represented as a cartoon. The artist, Alice Milani, talked with P.I.

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Iron processing, Image by Andrew Mason of neterapublishing.com

We are currently seeking a post-doctoral researcher to join the AyurYog project (www.ayuryog.org) at the department for History and Classics at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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