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Resources for a better understanding.

With more and more academic research about yoga being published, finding good sources of information online is increasingly important. A group of scholars looking at yoga and based in the social sciences and humanities have therefore got together to develop a web-based resource for those interested in this field.

This initiative is run by a group of established scholars who conduct research on yoga which formed at the Yoga Darśana, Yoga Sādhana international yoga conference in Kraków, Poland in May 2022. Their aim is to develop a website that offers information about the best quality yoga-related research in the humanities and social sciences.

Yoga Darśana, Yoga Sādhana Conference 2024

Yoga Darśana, Yoga Sādhana: ‘Introspection, Inspiration, Institutionalisation’ is being held in Hamburg from 22nd to 25th May 2024.

The Yoga Darśana, Yoga Sādhana (YDYS) conference series serves as a platform for the critical examination and dynamic discussion of recent advancements in the field of Yoga Studies. Following the success of the previous conferences in 2016 and 2022 (at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland), this upcoming event promises to build upon those achievements.

Find out more about the conference and how to submit a paper.

YDYS 2024 conference information

Latest Reflection

  • Yoga Research Logo set against a colourful striped painted background. Launch of YogaResearch.org

    YogaResearch.org has officially launched on 7th July 2023. The aim of this website is to provide a rich and up-to-date resource for sharing academic research findings and upcoming events in the field of Yoga Studies. Scholars in the field will be contributing regular reflections about recent publications and projects in the field of yoga studies, current events, and offering their insights into the best way to navigate this field of study.

Yoga Research Mailing List

list@yogaresearch.org is a new email discussion group providing a forum for academic discussion among professional scholars of Yoga Studies.

Membership of the list is mainly open to scholars with an advanced degree and whose primary field is yoga studies. Sending a short academic CV is a requirement for approval.

Find out more about the list and how to join.

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Featured Researcher Profile

  • Prof. Lola Williamson Prof. Lola Williamson

    Lola Williamson is Professor Emerita of Religious Studies and the former Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. She holds a Ph.D. in Languages and Cultures of Asia from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Williamson’s research centers on Hinduism in North America with an emphasis on yoga and meditation movements. She founded the North America Hinduism Consultation of the American Academy of Religion in 2006. Her book, Transcendent in America: Hindu-Inspired Meditation Movements as New Religion (New York University Press, 2010), uses Self-Realization Fellowship, Transcendental Meditation, and Siddha Yoga as case studies to argue that these and similar groups form a distinct category of new religion. Her edited volume with Ann Gleig, Homegrown Gurus: From Hinduism in America to American Hinduism (SUNY Press, 2014), examines the role of American-born teachers and gurus in creating a new hybrid “American Hinduism.”

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