Yoga

Dagmar Wujastyk

From August 1-3, our conference "Medicine and Yoga in South and Inner Asia" took place at Vienna university. Twenty-seven speakers and over seventy participants from all over Europe discussed aspects of South and Inner Asian medicine.

Dagmar Wujastyk

The joint conference of AyurYog with three other Vienna projects on Asian medicine is coming up and we are delighted to announce the programme. The conference is open to the public. Come and join us for what promises to be an exciting event!

 

TUESDAY, August 1st

9.00 Welcoming addresses and acknowledgements

Dagmar Wujastyk
Suzanne Newcombe

In 1946, on the eve of full independence from Britain, the Government of India announced the establishment of a committee to recommend necessary steps to ‘improve facilities for research and training in indigenous systems and generally to increase their usefulness to the public’ (p. 9).

Suzanne Newcombe
http://theyogaposter.com/

This popular image of the ‘Yoga Poster’ (http://theyogaposter.com/) depicts the history of yoga as that of a branching tree with its roots in the ‘Vedic Period’ and leaves which could potentially include all the forms of yoga in existence today.

Christèle Barois
Arion Roşu at his home study at Versailles in 2002. Photo taken by Eugen Ciurtin and reproduced with his kind permission.

No need to introduce Arion Roşu (1924-2007), eminent scholar in the study of Ayurveda. Roşu was drawn to the subject of traditional Indian medicine from the 1950s. His doctoral thesis, supervised by Jean Filliozat, was published under the title Les conceptions psychologiques dans les textes médicaux indiens (Publications de l’Institut de civilisation indienne, 1978).

Suzanne Newcombe
Melting zinc.

Image: The author melting zinc under the instructions of Andrew Mason. This is one of the steps in the preparation of a zinc rasāyana.

 

 

Jason Birch
Book cover of Satyendra Prasad Mishra's Yoga and Āyurveda. Their Alliedness and Scope as Positive Health Science. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Sanskrit Sansthan, 1989.

Abstract of a forthcoming article

The combining of yoga and ayurveda (Indian medicine) is unexceptional in the current global market for wellness. More than a married couple, yoga and ayurveda are deemed by many to be sisters, born of the same scriptural family, the Vedas. The current interplay between yoga and ayurveda raises two questions: how old might their relationship be and was it as intimate in pre-modern times as it seems today? The first question is...

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