Inform was pleased to have been a partner on the ERC project AYURYOG between 2015-2020. This page highlights some of the fruits of that collaboration from the Inform perspective.
Yoga, ayurveda and alchemy have historically been considered different disciplinary fields. However, evidence also demonstrates complex interactions and areas of significant overlap. The AyurYog project’s goal has been to reveal the historical entanglements of these fields of knowledge and practice, and to trace the trajectories of their evolution as components of today's global healthcare and personal development industries.
This video, a conversation between Dagmar Wujastyk (Principal Investigator AyurYog) and Jacqueline Hargreaves (The Luminescent) gives a general introduction to the project; who has been involved; what we have been researching; what some of our results are; and where we go from here:
The presentations which follow were produced by Inform in collaboration with Jacqueline Hargreaves (The Luminescent) and highlight some of the project's outputs and showcase our collaborations with other research projects, scholars and practitioners which have focused on what can be gained from a comparative perspective on how different religious traditions approach health, healing and immortality.
In this video Sarah Harvey (senior research officer, Inform) interviews Suzanne Newcombe, post-doctoral research fellow on AYURYOG and honorary director of Inform on why Inform collaborated on this project and how this collaboration worked in practice.
In the next interview, Prof. V. Sujatha explores the relationship between yoga and ayurveda/siddha as a health intervention in India and in Europe in conversation with Sarah Harvey.
Prof. V. Sujatha is with the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU, New Delhi. Her work has largely focused upon the fields of ‘Sociology of knowledge’, and ‘Sociology of health and medicine with particular reference to traditional systems of medicine’. Some of her recent books are Sociology of Health and Medicine: New Perspectives (Oxford University Press) and Medical Pluralism in Contemporary India (Orient Black Swan; co-edited with Leena Abraham).
Prof. Karl Baier, in conversation with Dr Suzanne Newcombe of Inform, explores the entangled relationship between modern yoga, occultism in South Asia, and the medicalisation of yoga as a health intervention in Europe. Prof. Karl Baier answers:
• How and when did you first realise the occult and yoga were an area of interrelated fields?
• How does the reception of yoga within Europe relate to occultism within South Asia?
• What are some of the key publications you are working on in this area?
• How is occultism in South Asia entangled with different medical ideas, such as mesmerism and meditation, in Europe?
• How does this relate to the medicalisation of modern yoga?