Untangling Traditions

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.

Drawing upon the primary historical sources of each respective discipline as well as on fieldwork data, we have explored their shared terminology, practical applications and discourses. Our research reveals how past encounters and cross-fertilizations have informed and shaped these bodies of knowledge over time.

These presentations introduce some of the project results and outputs and showcase our collaborations with other research projects, scholars and practitioners. We reflect on our research processes and critically explore methodologies. Finally, we offer important emerging directions for future research.


This video, a conversation between Dagmar Wujastyk (Principal Investigator AyurYog) and Jacqueline Hargreaves (The Luminescent) gives a general introduction to the project; who has been involved; what we have been researching; what some of our results are; and where we go from here:






Next up in the programme is an interview with Dr Suzanne Newcombe, Post-doctoral Research Fellow on the AyurYog project. Dr Newcombe discusses the institutionalisation of Yoga as medicine in modern India.






Here is an interview with Dr Dagmar Wujastyk and Andrew Mason about their collaboration on recreating alchemical procedures. See also the accompanying blogpost here: http://ayuryog.org/blog/philology-and-experimentation-reconstructing-alc...






The next interview is with Dr. Christèle Barois, Post-doctoral Research Fellow on the AyurYog project. Dr. Barois discusses the Yoga and medicine in the Dharmaputrikā, the "Little Daughter of Dharma." The Dharmaputrikā is an early Yoga manual that includes elaborate descriptions of methods for overcoming obstacles to success in Yoga as well as methods for curing diseases.






Next up in the programme, Dr Jason Birch of the Hatha Yoga Project discusses his research on the topic of Yoga and Ayurveda (Indian medicine), which aims to determine their shared theory and terminology; compare the Indian medical body with the 'yogic' metaphysical body; and provide examples of historical Yogins who claimed to be doctors and healers.






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