Lecturer in Religious Studies, The Open University
Suzanne Newcombe is a Lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University and a Research Fellow at Inform, based at the London School of Economics. She researches yoga and ayurveda from a sociological and social historical perspective. Her book Yoga in Britain: Stretching Spirituality and Educating Yogis" has recently been published by Equinox.
She also a Research Fellow on a project funded by the European Research Council (Horizon 2020) entitled ‘Medicine, Immortality and Moksha: Entangled Histories of Yoga, Ayurveda and Alchemy in South Asia’.
From fairly obscure beginnings in the mid-20th century, the practice of yoga in Britain has become a massively popular pastime. Its hard to find official figures for just how many people practise yoga regularly, but its...