Yogic Living: Oxford Weekend School, 19–20 October

Oxford Weekend School: Yogic Living, 19–20 October 2019


How do we describe one of steady wisdom and steadfast meditation?
How do they speak? How do they sit? How do they move?
(Arjuna’s query in Bhagavad Gita 2.54)

Mindfulness, goodness, conscious living – traditionally these underpin yogic living. They are what makes one a yogi. On this weekend we link classical understandings of these topics to our own lives. We explore yogic ideas and practices that transform life for the better.

We discover yoga off the mat and without matted hair. A 21st century yoga that doesn’t depend on retreating to the forest.

At the heart of yoga is an understanding of how the self and the world around us can be radically transformed. Yogic practice has the power to change old realities into new and brighter ones.

We take Arjuna’s query above and broaden it. How do they eat? What are their ethics? What is their state of mind? How do they meditate, and on what? What is their source of knowledge? How do they understand the changing world around them? And fundamentally, how do they transcend suffering and cultivate joy?


Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 October 2019
Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (Saturday)
Worcester College, Oxford (Sunday)


Timings (each day)
Morning: 10.00am–1.00pm (includes tea break)
Lunch Break: 1.00–3.00pm
Afternoon: 3.00–5.30pm (includes tea break)


Enrolment fee of £345
includes teas/coffees,
and lunch on Saturday

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Daniel Simpson

Daniel Simpson teaches OCHS courses on the history and philosophy of yoga, and the Vedas and Upanishads. He is the author of The Truth of Yoga, a comprehensive guide to how yoga practice evolved. He originally studied at Cambridge, and earned his Master’s degree from SOAS, University of London. He is also a devoted yoga practitioner and teacher.

Dr Nick Sutton

Nick is the Director – and the heart and soul – of the OCHS Continuing Education Department. He is a dedicated teacher with decades of experience in making sometimes-confusing traditions relevant. He has created ten online courses and is working on many more. He has written translations and commentary on Bhagavad Gītā and the Yoga Sūtra.

Dr Ramesh Pattni

Anuradha Dooney

Anuradha was awarded a Masters in the Study of Religion at Oxford. She is a faculty member of the OCHS Continuing Education Department and has played a key role in curriculum development.

Dr Rembert Lutjeharms

Rembert Lutjeharms OCHS

Dr Rembert Lutjeharms, OCHS Librarian and chief Sanskritist, studied Oriental Studies at the University of Ghent, Belgium, and went on to achieve his doctorate at Oxford. He now lectures in Hinduism at Oxford while pursuing research in Sanskrit poetry, Bengali Vaishnavism, and Sanskrit hermeneutics.

Dr Kenneth Valpey

Ken Valpey is one of the OCHS’s early students receiving his Doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2004. He is a theologian with a particular interest in animal ethics. He is an OCHS Fellow and a co-director of our Bhagavata Purana Research Project.

Alan Herbert
Alan Herbert

An OCHS student, Alan Herbert is pursuing a D.Phil. in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford.

Dr Daria Ricchi
Dr Daria Ricchi

Daria is an Ayurveda counsellor from the Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurveda and a researcher. She has a Ph.D. in History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton, and she is working on the effect of architectural space on our body and mind. Daria is also a certified vinyasa and yin asana teacher. She has been working for a decade with all range of bodies and minds, reaching different age groups.

Nandana Nagraj
Nandana Nagraj

Nandana studied Sanskrit in a traditional gurukulam in India and has an M.Sc. in Business Administration. She has led the Easwaramma Women’s Welfare Trust, edited Indian philosophy and Sanskrit texts, and worked on app development.


Worcester College

Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (Saturday)
Worcester College, Oxford (Sunday)
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OCHS Summer School 2019

On Saturday, a simple and tasty vegetarian (with vegan options) meal will be served at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.


Enrolment fee £345
includes teas/coffees,
and lunch on Saturday

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