A Hidden Yogic Tradition: Karaṇa and Mudrā as Means of Enlightenment in Vidyāpīṭha Śaivism

Professor Alexis Sanderson delivered a lecture by invitation on September 14, 2016, in All Souls College in the University of Oxford, entitled "A Hidden Yogic Tradition: Karaṇa and Mudrā as Means of Enlightenment in Vidyāpīṭha Śaivism." This lecture was part of the Sanskrit Texts on Yoga Workshop,  held from the 12th to the 16th at September, 2016, by the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and All Souls College, Oxford, in The Hatha Yoga Project (2015-2020).

The Hatha Yoga Project is  a five-year research project to map the history of physical yoga practices using philology and ethnography.  The team consists of Dr James Mallinson, Dr Mark Singleton, Dr Jason Birch and Dr Daniela Bevilacqua (SOAS), together with Dr Viswanath Gupta (Institut français d’Indologie, Pondicherry, India).  The project’s outputs will include ten critical editions and translations of key texts on haṭha yoga, and four monographs. Professor Alexis Sanderson is on the Advisory Council for the Project.

The project, whose full title is The Hatha Yoga Project: Mapping Indian and Transnational Traditions of Physical Yoga through Philology and Ethnography, is based at SOAS, University of London, and is funded by a €1.85m European Research Council Consolidator Grant.

The audio of Professor Sanderson's lecture is available here.