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Yoga in Theory and Practice Unit

Call for Proposals

For the 2022 Annual Meeting in Denver, we especially invite proposals on the following topics. Please contact the organizing scholar listed next to each topic for more information:

  • Yoga therapy, healthcare, and trauma (Contact: Christa Kuberry,
  • Yoga and psychedelics (Contact: Stuart Sarbacker,
  • Tibetan yoga (Contact: Naomi Worth,
  • Yoga Bindu, especially as a point of interface between Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, etc. (Contact: Christopher Chapple,
  • Hindu-Christian relations and Christian-based yoga (Contact: Allyson Huval,
  • A co-sponsored session between Yoga in Theory and Practice and Sikh Studies invites presentations that explore the relationship between Sikhi and Yoga through a variety of approaches that may engage topics such as colonization, oral and textual knowledge production, lineage transmission, hermeneutics, issues of appropriation and abuse, historical figures and communities related to Sikhi and Yoga. (Contact: Nirinjan Khalsa, and Christopher Miller,

We are also open to full-panel proposals on any other topic falling under the purview of Yoga Studies.

Statement of Purpose

This Unit seeks to elucidate the religious and sectarian representations of yoga in South Asian history and the profoundly fascinating contemporary yoga culture that has emerged in the past century. Among other topics that are addressed in our Unit is the emergence of modern yoga out of the encounter between Indian and European cultures in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. In connection with this, it examines the relative pervasiveness of spiritual and religious ideologies in manifest or latent forms within the contemporary yoga scene, and the overarching sociological relevance of yoga within global culture. We also examine changing paradigms with respect to the nature and function of yoga in the larger South Asian religious context. Our goal is to provide a venue in which the body of scholars working in this area can collectively evaluate this extremely timely material. We actively pursue scholars from Europe, Asia, and other areas that have worked at length on these issues, so as to bring an important international component to the Unit.


Steering Committee Members





Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection