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The Jagiellonian University Institute for the Study of Religions

invites you to participate in the

2nd International


The event is intended as a learning platform for both university students and non-academics who wish to broaden their knowledge of yoga. World class specialists will deliver lectures and hold workshops on topics related to the academic study of yoga, and provide insight into cutting-edge research.

This year, the two main themes of YSSS will be Around Yoga: The Influence of Different Traditions on Yoga Practice and  Current Issues in Modern Yoga Milieus.


Institute for the Study of Religions, Jagiellonian University,

ul. Krupnicza 2, 31-123 Kraków, Poland

The Institute is located in the very heart of Kraków‘s Old Town, in the vicinity of historic sites, the Vistula river,  parks, museums, hotels, restaurants, pubs, and cafés. The location, with its thriving social and intellectual life, provides excellent conditions for studying in a laid-back yet stimulating atmosphere.

When: Due to the limitations related to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the event will be held ONLINE, in a teleconference format: 13th — 26th July 2020.

Featured lectures and workshops:

Jason Birch (School of Oriental and Africal Studies, London) and Jacqueline Hargraves (Independent Researcher), Physical Philology: New Insights into Premodern Yoga Practices

Lucy May Constantini (The Open University UK), Encountering the Martial Body: Between Kalarippayattu and Yoga

Finnian Gerety (Brown University), This Whole World is OṂ: Yoga and Sacred Sound

Amanda Lucia (University of California-Riverside), Permeable Bodies and Sexual Abuse in the Guru-Disciple Relationship

Matthew Remski (Independent Researcher), Centering Survivors: Researching Modern Yoga Community Abuse Histories Using Cultic Studies Resources and Survivor Testimony

Julian Strube (University of Münster), The Reception of Yoga as 'Occultism' and 'Esotericism' in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century

Agata Świerzowska (Jagiellonian University), Guru – Tradition and Change in Strategies of Spiritual Direction

Agi Wittich (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Yoga and Women: Historical and Contemporary Aspects

Schedule: Three 90-minute sessions a day, five days a week.

Credits: Students will obtain 3 ECTS points


  • Communicative use of English in speaking, reading and writing
  • General knowledge of the history and phenomenology of yoga
  • Command of Sanskrit is not necessary

Fee: 250 EUR 

  • Payable upon acceptance of the participant
  • Fee does not cover meals and accommodation

To apply, fill in the application form and send it to

Important dates:

  • Application submission: 31st May 2020
  • Acceptance notification: 7th June 2020
  • Fee payment: 21st June 2020

Please direct all your enquiries to

The organizers:

Matylda Ciołkosz, Assistant Professor, Institute for the Study of Religions, Jagiellonian University

Lech Trzcionkowski, Head, Institute for the Study of Religions, Jagiellonian University

Robert Czyżykowski, Deputee Head, Student Affairs, Institute for the Study of Religions, Jagiellonian University

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