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12 July Thursday

Yoga — To Mortify or Cultivate the Body?

12 July 2018, 20:00 - 12 July 2018, 21:00
UBC Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

With Sir James Mallinson On The History Of Yoga

Make it a double-bill: Save $6 when you purchase tickets to both ‘The Poetry of Amazement‘ and ‘Yoga — To Mortify or Cultivate the Body?’

Early Sanskrit texts tell us that Indian yogis of old undertook yoga as a practice of severe austerity. They mortified their bodies through fasting, extreme breath-control, and penances such as holding their arms in the air for years on end. It was only when the first texts on hatha yoga began to appear, around a thousand years ago, that the promise of the physical benefits of yoga began to be made.

By the 18th century, the practice of yoga integrated more and more dynamic physical movements aimed at strengthening the body, and in the present day, yoga has become an instrument for physical wellness, to the point of mythification. James Mallinson takes us on a historical journey, explaining how and why yoga has changed from being a practice for world-renouncing, self-mortifying ascetics, to the body-cultivating one that it is today.

When he is not paragliding across the Himalayan sky, or being anointed a ‘Mahant’ at the Kumbh Mela, Sir James Mallinson (SOAS, London) is an internationally recognized textual scholar, yoga practitioner, and documentary filmmaker with a public intellectual profile that speaks in equal measure to Sanskrit scholars as well as international yoga practitioners.

This event is presented by UBC Asian Studies as part of the 17th World Sanskrit Conference and Indian Summer Festival with support from UBC Faculty of Arts, SSHRC and Nanak.

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Details
Date: July 12
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $15 - $18
Event CategoriesAll, Ideas, Literature
Venue
Address: 6354 Crescent Rd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

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