The launch of the SOAS Centre for Yoga Studies. Centre chair James Mallinson will give an introduction to the Centre's activities and aims. He will then give a talk on the early history of inverted physical postures in Indian religious traditions after which Mark Singleton will talk about inverted postures in modern globalised yoga. There will follow a launch of the Journal of Yoga Studies and then the floor will be opened for a discussion. Refreshments will be served afterwards.