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ISF2018 & WSC: Yoga: To Mortify or Cultivate the Body?

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UBC Frederic Wood Theatre

6354 Crescent Rd.

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2


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Indian Summer Festival 2018 & World Sanskrit Conference

Yoga: To Mortify or Cultivate the Body?

With Sir James Mallinson

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 in partnership with UBC Asian Studies as part of the World Sanskrit Conference and Indian Summer Festival with support from UBC Faculty of Arts and SSHRC.

Full venue description and accessibility information: UBC Frederic Wood Theatre


6:00pm – Box office open

6:30pm – The Poetry of Amazement: Citra Kavya

7:45pm - Doors open

8:00pm - Yoga: To Mortify or Cultivate the Body?

There will be books for sale and the author(s) will be available for signing at this event.

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?'

Indian Summer Festival is made possible thanks to the wonderful support of:


Are there services fees on top of the ticket price?

For your convenience our listed ticket prices include GST, service fees, and payment processing fees.

What is the accessibility of this event?

Please contact engage@indiansummerfest.ca if ticket price is an obstacle (subject to availability).

ASL: There is ASL available upon request - please email engage@indiansummerfest.ca to request ASL before Friday June 22d.

Please refrain from wearing scented products while attending Indian Summer Festival events.

Complimentary Companion Ticketing: We offer one complimentary companion ticket for those who require mobility assistance in order to attend. When purchasing tickets, please continue to “checkout” where you may select a complimentary companion.

Mobility Access: The main entrance to the Frederic Wood Theatre is from the south side of Crescent Road; the main lobby is at street level. This entrance is level and accessible and has a manual door. The entrance leads into the theatre lobby and the box office.

The secondary entrance is located on the south side of Crescent Road. This entrance is level and accessible and has a manual door. The entrance leads to the seating area near the stage.

Early entry is available for this event.

Parking: The closest parking is a surface/street level parking lot opposite the venue, which has 4 wheelchair accessible parking spaces. There are several additional wheelchair accessible parking spaces adjacent to pay machines and an elevator on Level 5 of the Rose Garden parkade. If you park in the Rose Garden lot instead of the surface lot, take the elevator to street level and follow signs to the Frederic Wood Theatre, which is next door.

Low Vision: This is low vision friendly programming. The programming itself is auditory. We offer one complimentary companion ticket for those who require assistance in order to attend. Priority seating and early entry are available for these events.

Bathrooms: The multi-stall bathrooms will be gendered and trans-inclusive. There are multi-stall bathrooms off the lobby, which are not wheelchair accessible. There is one single stall gender neutral wheelchair accessible bathroom downstairs, accessible by elevator from the main lobby.

Seats: Individual theatre style chairs. There are 3 wheelchair assigned seats inside this venue, including space for 3 companions. When purchasing tickets please continue to “checkout” where you may select if you require wheelchair seating as well as up to one companion, who will be provided with a chair next to you.

Scent: While Indian Summer Festival emails all ticket holders requesting that attendees refrain from wearing scented products at all of our events, we do not enforce this policy, nor does this venue have a permanent scent-free policy in place.

If you have any questions, concerns, additions or corrections regarding this information please email engage@indiansummerfest.ca

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This is an all-ages event. Everyone, including children of any age, requires a ticket.

What is the refund policy for this event?

Refunds are not available for any Indian Summer Festival events.

Is there reserved seating?

Seating is first-come first-served.

Will there be tickets available at the door?

While there may be some tickets available at the door, we recommend buying in advance as many events do sell out. The box office will open at 6:00pm the day-of the event. Tickets at the door will be $20, inclusive of all taxes & fees, available for purchase by cash or credit card while supplies last.

Will I be allowed in if I arrive late?

Latecomers will be permitted entry and seated by an usher at designated pauses in the show.

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