SOAS University of London

Centre of Yoga Studies

LAUNCH: Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies

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Yoginī Temples
Karen O'Brien-Kop, Suzanne Newcombe

Date: 23 November 2020Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 23 November 2020Time: 7:45 PM

Venue: Virtual Event Room: Online

Type of Event: Book Launch

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The Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary resource, which frames and contextualises the rapidly expanding fields that explore yoga and meditative techniques. The book analyses yoga and meditation studies in a variety of religious, historical and geographical settings.
In addition to up-to-date explorations of the history of yoga and meditation in the Indian subcontinent, new contexts include a case study of yoga and meditation in the contemporary Tibetan diaspora, and unique summaries of historical developments in Japan and Latin America as well as an introduction to the growing academic study of yoga in Korea. Underpinned by critical and theoretical engagement, the volume provides an in-depth guide to the history of yoga and meditation studies and combines the best of established research with attention to emerging directions for future investigation. This handbook will be of interest to multidisciplinary academic audiences from across the humanities, social sciences and sciences.

Speaker Biographies

Suzanne Newcombe is a senior lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University, UK, and Honorary Director of Inform, an independent charitable organisation which researches and provides information about minority religions and is based at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London, UK.


Karen O’Brien-Kop is a lecturer in Asian Religions and Ethics at the University of Roehampton, UK. Karen has a forthcoming book on Bloomsbury Academic called 'Rethinking Classical Yoga and Buddhism' (provisional title).


The editors will be chaired by Professor Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, and joined by contributors to the text:

  • Borayin Larios on "The scholar-practitioner of yoga in the western academy”.
  • Andrea Jain on “Yoga and Neoliberalism".
  • Balbinder Singh Bhogal on “Sikhi(sm): yoga and meditation".
  • Adrián Muñoz on “Yoga in Latin America”.
  • Sat Bir Singh Khalsa on “The psychophysiology of yoga".
  • Finnian M. M. Gerety on “Sound and Yoga".