Between Asceticism and Mysticism: Spiritual Yogis in the Festival Scene

Between Asceticism and Mysticism: Spiritual Yogis in the Festival Scene

In her recent book, White Utopias: The Religious Exoticism of Transformational Festivals, Amanda Lucia shares nearly a decade of research among the “spiritual but not religious” (SBNR). She focuses on transformational festivals – like Bhakti Fest, Lightning in a Bottle, Wanderlust, and Burning Man, and identifies the practice of yoga as an institution for crafting […]

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Tracing the Path of Yoga: Four Facets of Mind-Body Discipline

Here we examine four facets of yoga as a form of mind-body discipline. These include systems of yoga, including aṣṭāṅgayoga, ṣaḍaṅgayoga, the “threefold yoga” of karma, bhakti, and jñānayoga, and the “fourfold yoga” of mantra, laya, haṭha, and rājayoga. We look at the tension between worldly and otherworldly dimensions of yoga; links within yoga traditions that extend from ancient Vedic practices to contemporary postural traditions of yoga; and the […]

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Yoga, Magic, Science: Yogis and Magicians in the Making of Modernity

In this session we explore yoga’s uncertain position between Science and Magic in India and the West in the 19thand 20th centuries.  We examine the figure of the Indian yogi as a continuing source of wonder and a key foil for both Western and Indian notions of rational, scientific modernity. Yoga’s association with supernatural powers and the yogi’s public performances […]

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Post-lineage Yoga: From Guru to #MeToo

In group classes, yoga teachers dictate the movement, and experience, of their students. But threaded through yoga’s history is a more democratic, more individualised way of sharing practice with others. With the recent #MeTooinYoga movement and the growing popularity of accessible yoga, yoga teachers are increasingly turning to this hidden history for answers. In a […]

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Exploring the Yoga Sūtras

In this talk, we will undertake a careful study of selected sūtras from the Yoga Sūtras, which are of particular importance in understanding the central ideas of the text as a whole. Patañjali introduces his readers to a complex range of philosophical precepts that form a basis for the forms of yoga practice he advocates. […]

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Lotuses and Water Lilies: Untangling the Roots of Contemporary Global Yoga

What makes something “yoga”? We find that modern postural yoga is neither a direct continuation or a corruption of any single pre-modern tradition. Instead, like all complex cultural phenomena, it is the product of a process of reinterpretation, recombination, and synthesis. This talk focuses on spiritual breath and movement practices as they existed in North America […]

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Peace Love Yoga: The Politics of Global Spirituality

Andrea Jain explores the connections between global spirituality and neoliberal capitalism. She analyses entrepreneurial yoga gurus; apparel corporations that market consumer goods as a purchased commitment to social justice; and therapeutic applications of spirituality that concentrate on healing the broken person rather than undermining the system that broke the person. Many of these may acknowledge and subvert capitalism’s problems; […]

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Exploring Yoga and Meditation Across Cultures and Disciplines

In recent decades, in parallel with the popularisation of yoga and meditation practices in many different cultural contexts around the world, scholars have shown an increasing interest in studying these practices. In this talk, the editors of the newly published Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies will explore the current state of research in […]

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