Dr Raj Balkaran is a scholar of Sanskrit narrative texts and the author of The Goddess and the King in Indian Myth(Routledge 2018), The Goddess and the Sun in Indian Myth (Routledge 2020). Having taught comparative religion and mythology at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies for a decade, he now Tutors at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies where he also serves on the Continuing Education Department’s Course Development Board. Alongside his academic training, he has received extensive spiritual training as part of an oral tradition dedicated to the transmission of Indian wisdom teachings. Integrating his academic and spiritual training, he has founded the online School of Indian Wisdom where he designs and delivers original online courses centred on the practical life wisdom to be found in the philosophical, mythological and spiritual traditions of ancient India. Beyond teaching and research, Dr Balkaran runs a thriving life consulting practice and hosts the New Books in Indian Religions podcast.
Author of The Tantric Body, the definitive text on Tantra. Prof. Flood is Professor of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion at Oxford University, Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Senior Research Fellow at Campion Hall, and Yap Kim Hao Visiting Professor of Comparative Religious Studies at Yale-NUS Singapore.
Himanshu Prabha Ray is a Tutor and Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and has completed a five-year Anneliese Maier fellowship at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. She is a former Chairperson of the National Monuments Authority, Ministry of Culture in New Delhi, India, and former Professor in the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. She is the series editor of Archaeology and Religion in South Asia for Routledge in collaboration with OCHS. Her research interests include Maritime History and Archaeology of the Indian Ocean, the History of Archaeology in South and Southeast Asia and the Archaeology of Religion in Asia.
Gitte has a Masters in Religious Studies from Aarhus University, Denmark but has completed most of her studies in Varanasi, India, and as a visiting student at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Gitte’s focus is on Yoga, Tantra, and Sanskrit. She is also a dedicated practitioner of āsana and prāṇāyāma. She manages the OCHS Kathmandu Office where she oversees the daily operation and focuses on Nepali and Newari language as well as Śākta traditions among the Newar community of The Kathmandu Valley.
Karen is Lecturer in Asian Religions and Ethics at the University of Roehampton and previously taught in the Department of Religions and Philosophies at SOAS, University of London. UK. She is a co-founder of the Sanskrit Reading Room and a committee member of the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies. A former OCHS Online student, Karen has authored our History of Yoga course. She has published in the journal Religions of South Asia and is co-editing The Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies.
Christopher S. Wood lives in West Bengal, India, after spending ten years in China and Thailand. He completed his M.St. in Indian and Chinese philosophy at Jesus College, Oxford, focusing on Vaishnava teleology and the meditation systems taught in Buddhist commentaries on the I Ching, before teaching ‘The Rise & Fall of Western Civilisation’ alongside academic writing at Shanghai University for several years.
Richard Coldman, who produced our Sanskrit course videos, is a British filmmaker/musician/composer. In addition to shooting, directing and editing documentaries, he has developed a specialization in arts collaborations – in particular his animations of paintings by Alexander Gorlizki, educational video productions featuring choreographers Shobana Jeyasingh and Richard Alston, projections for live performances with Tracy Emin, V-TOL Dance Company and Dominic Murcott’s No Orchestra and a film for the South Bank Centre with poet Lavinia Greenlaw. Coldman considers Asian meditative, somatic and energy practices over an almost 40 year period to have been influential in developing the technical and interpersonal skills necessary for his work.