SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Hatha Yoga Project

The Hatha Yoga Project (2015-2020) will map the history of physical yoga practices using philology and ethnography.  The team consists of Dr James Mallinson, Dr Mark Singleton, Dr Jason Birch and Dr Daniela Bevilacqua (SOAS), together with Dr Viswanath Gupta (Institut français d’Indologie, Pondicherry, India).  The project’s outputs will include ten critical editions and translations of key texts on haṭha yoga, and four monographs.

A workshop on Sanskrit texts on yoga will be held at SOAS in September 2016, a conference on yogis in September 2017, and a conference on yoga in September 2019.

For enquiries concerning the project please contact Dr James Mallinson (

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Hatha Yoga Project, SOAS

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