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SOAS – BWY Autumn Summit 2024

Full day event

Latest scientific research on Yoga

Renowned scholars and leading yoga practitioners

Embodied practice sessions

In person and online (Hybrid)

Q&A with experts

CPD points for BWY members

YOGA: Health, Harm, and Healing

 

Join us in London (or online) on Saturday, 2 November 2024, for the inaugural SOAS – BWY Autumn Summit, entitled “Yoga: Health, Harm and Healing.”

This initiative marks a unique collaborative event between renowned scholars and leading yoga practitioners. Our aim is to provide a day of learning, reflection, and thought-provoking discussion on contemporary themes in Yoga Studies. This year’s summit is delighted to welcome six speakers, who will explore yoga and its relationship with health, harm, and healing.

The full-day programme is divided into three themed panels, featuring prominent researchers from fields such as medicine, criminology, neuroscience and religious studies. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers via Q&A sessions. Additionally, the intellectually stimulating panels will be interspersed with two yoga practice sessions led by senior teachers within the auditorium.

We will ask: Does yoga contribute to health? Can it cause harm? Does it foster healing?

Together, we will consider the latest scientific research on yoga’s applications, examining specific techniques such as yogic sleep (Skt: yoganidrā). We will reflect upon the efficacy of yoga in certain contexts, such as prisons. We will explore various perspectives and approaches to yoga and mental health. Importantly, we will allocate time to calibrate our bodies and minds through embodied practices as we engage with this enriching material.

The day promises to be an opportunity to forge new connections and rekindle old ones, while fostering a warm and collegial environment.

The Autumn Summit is proudly presented by the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) and SOAS University of London – Centre of Yoga Studies (SOAS CYS).

Register to attend

Tickets

  • £60 In person ticket (early bird until 2 August)
  • £30 Online ticket (early bird until 2 August)

Booking

  • You will need a BWY account to book tickets to this event.
  • Register for a “BWY Free Account” here.
  • Once logged in, reserve your spot by booking a ticket to this event.

Event Location

Event Recording

  • The event will be recorded and all ticket holders will be able to access the recording via the BWY website/My Resources/Events within 72 hours of the event closing.

CPD Credits

BWY teachers may accrue 6 CPD points for this event, which will be added automatically to your profile after the event if you attend in person. If you attend online and would like to have the points added to your profile, please contact: events@bwy.org.uk.

Full-Day Programme

 

09:15 Auditorium opens
09:30 Welcome and introductions

Prof. Ulrich Pagel and Dr Tina Cartwright.

09:50 Yoga and Meditation in Prisons: Promoting Health and Wellbeing. 
Prof. Rosie Meek, PhD CPsychol AFBPsS, Royal Holloway, University of London.
10:20 Looking Outwards as well as Inwards: Towards a Model of Anti-discriminatory Prison Yoga Teaching.
Rose Parkes, Associate Dean (Academic Programmes) for the Institute of Law, Jersey
10:50 Q&A with the speakers
11:30 Practice session with Ranju Roy – Yoga, Union (Saṃyoga) and Discernment (Viveka)
12:00 Lunch break
13:15 A Psychoneuroimmunological Investigation on the effect of Yoganidrā on Chronic Stress.
Carola Chiarpenello, MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, King’s College London
13:45 Honouring Yoganidrā Śakti – The healing power of rest.
Dr Umā Dinsmore-Tuli
14:15 Q&A with the speakers
14:45 Practice session: Yoganidrā (seated)
15:15 Break
15:45 Yoga as Therapy for Mental Health: The Rationale, Science and Research Evidence
Prof. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Harvard Medical School
16:25 Q&A with the speaker
17:00

17:15

Prof. Ulrich Pagel – Round table.

Close.

SOAS – BWY Autumn Summit 2024, Yoga: Health, Harm, and Healing

Course tutor

Ulrich Pagel

Seiyu Kiriyama Professor of Buddhist Studies, Chair of the Centre of Yoga Studies, Convenor of the MA Traditions of Yoga and Meditation

Jacqueline Hargreaves

Jacqueline Hargreaves, BE (Hons), E-RYT, is the Project Manager of SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies and Programme Convenor for SOAS University of London, Yoga Studies Online.

SOAS – BWY Autumn Summit 2024

Full day event

Latest scientific research on Yoga

Renowned scholars and leading yoga practitioners

Embodied practice sessions

In person and online (Hybrid)

Q&A with experts

CPD points for BWY members

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