Jacqueline Hargreaves

Jacqueline Hargreaves, BE (Hons), E-RYT, is Coordinator of the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies and Programme Convenor of YogaStudies Online at SOAS, University of London. She researches the contemporary meeting place between historical practices and their application in a modern (mainly therapeutic) environment.

Jacqueline collaborates with researchers to present findings in innovative and accessible ways. Examples of her work include: the AyurYog Project (Vienna University, 2016–2020) construction of a web-based visual and textual timeline of premodern Ayurveda and Yoga; and the curation of the exhibition “Embodied Liberation” for the Haṭha Yoga Project (SOAS University of London) at the Brunei Gallery, London, which included the documentary film that brought to life through embodied philology the eighteenth-century yoga of the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati.

Jacqueline Hargreaves holds a Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) from the University of NSW. She is a founding member and online editor of the Journal of Yoga Studies, a peer reviewed, open access academic journal, and The Luminescent, an independent, evidence-based research hub for the history and practice of Yoga and Meditation.


2023. (with J. Birch.) “Premodern Yogāsanas and Modern Postural Practice: Distinct Regional Collections of Āsanas on the Eve of Colonialism.” In Yoga and the Traditional Physical Practices of South Asia: Influence, Entanglement and Confrontation, Eds. Daniela Bevilacqua and Mark Singleton. Journal of Yoga Studies (Special Issue): 31–82. DOI: https://doi.org/10.34000/JoYS.2023.V4.01.

2020. Manuscripts: Yoga on Leaves. A film for Embodied Liberation II, a virtual exhibition at the Brunei Gallery SOAS University of London.

2020. Embodied Liberation: The Textual, Ethnographic and Historical Research of the Hatha Yoga Project. An exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London.

2020. “Longevity: A Timeline of Yoga and Ayurveda.” A web and video-based timeline for the AyurYog Project, University of Vienna. Retrieved from: http://ayuryog.org/timeline

2018. “The Yogapradīpa: A Pre-Modern Jain “Light on Yoga”.” The Yoga Bridge (Winter 2018), Vol. 18, 1.

2017. (with J. Pankhania.) “A Culture of Silence: Satyananda Yoga.” The Luminescent, 2017 (12). Retrieved from: https://www.theluminescent.org/2017/12/a-culture-of-silence-satyananda-yoga.html

2016. “The Yamas and Niyamas: Medieval and Modern Views.” Yoga Scotland Magazine, 2016 (50).

2016. “The Yamas and Niyamas: Patañjali’s View.” Yoga Scotland Magazine, 2016 (49).

2015. “Yoganidrā: An understanding of the history and context.” The Luminescent, 2015 (1). Retrieved from: https://www.theluminescent.org/2015/01/yoganidra.html

2013. The Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati: A Precursor of Modern Yoga.

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