[PAST EVENT] "An Illustrated History of Yoga" - Public Lecture

January 29, 2016
4pm - 5:30pm
Blow Memorial Hall, Room 333
262 Richmond Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Hatha yoga is the method of premodern yoga practice in which physical methods are most prominent. It was first codified in Sanskrit texts in the 11th-15th centuries CE, although some of its practices can be traced back to at least the time of the Buddha. Its origins lie among heterodox ascetics but it came to be central to orthodox methods of yoga in India, and its practices are the source of much of the yoga practiced around the world today. In this talk, Dr James Mallinson will draw on textual and ethnographic study to trace hatha yoga's history, using illustrations of historical materials & photographs of traditional practitioners of hatha yoga in India today.

James Mallinson (Ph.D., Oxford University) is Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical and Indian Studies at SOAS, University of London. He has spent several years living with itinerant ascetic practitioners of yoga in India and has published eight books, all of which are editions and translations of Sanskrit yoga texts, epic tales and poetry. His works uses the philological study of Sanskrit texts, ethnography, and art history to explore the history of yoga and yogis.