The Yoga of the Amṛtasiddhi with James Mallinson @ Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing, London [14 January]

The Yoga of the Amṛtasiddhi with James Mallinson


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14
January
19:30 - 21:00

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Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing
SOAS University of London, WC1H 0XG London, United Kingdom
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The Amṛtasiddhi was the first text to teach many of the principles and practices that came to be classified as haṭha yoga. It was written in Sanskrit in around the 11th century CE. James Mallinson has been working on this unpublished foundational yoga text for nearly twenty years, but it is only recently, after studying the oldest of its ten available manuscripts and working with a diverse range of other experts, that its yoga method has become clear.

It is grounded in a yogic physiology with three physical techniques used to make the breath enter the central channel and move upwards, thereby returning the vital energies to the head and keeping them there. This in turn leads to jīvanmukti, liberation while living, and immortality.

This talk will be the first time that this research has been presented in public.

Dr James Mallinson is Principal Investigator and Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical Indian Studies at SOAS and Principle Investigator on the Haṭha Yoga Project. His primary research method is philology, in particular the study of manuscripts of Sanskrit texts on yoga, which he complements with ethnographic data drawn from extensive fieldwork with Indian ascetics and the study of art historical sources.
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