THE HAṬHA YOGA PROJECT
The Haṭha Yoga Project (HYP) is a five-year research project funded by the European Research Council and based at SOAS, University of London which aims to chart the history of physical yoga practice by means of philology, i.e. the study of texts on yoga, and ethnography, i.e. fieldwork among practitioners of yoga. The project team consists of four researchers based at SOAS, one at the École française d’Extrême Orient, Pondicherry and one at the Maharaja Man Singh Pustak Prakash, Jodhpur.
The project’s primary outputs will be critical editions and annotated translations of ten Sanskrit texts on haṭha yoga, four monographs, and a range of journal articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries. In September 2016 a workshop for scholars working on critical editions of Sanskrit texts on yoga will be held at SOAS. Two conferences, one on yogis, the other on yoga, will be held at SOAS in September 2017 and September 2019 respectively.
Read the project proposal