Jacqueline Hargreaves

Jacqueline Hargreaves, BE (Hons), E-RYT, is the Programme Manager for SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies and SOAS Yoga Studies Online.

She has a special interest in Indian Yoga traditions and Japanese Zen. Jacqueline researches the contemporary meeting place between historical practices and their application in a modern (mainly therapeutic) environment. She has travelled throughout India for fieldwork and studied meditation intensively for a year in a remote part of Japan. Her teaching combines the physical practices of haṭhayoga with the application of mindfulness-based meditation (MBCT and MBSR). Jacqueline enjoys working specifically to assist those with chronic health issues, stress, anxiety and depression.

Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) from the University of NSW and worked for 8 years as a research consultant for cutting-edge IT/AI projects in Australia, Canada, USA, China and India. She has been dedicated to the practice and teaching of Yoga and Meditation since 1998. She offers specialist workshops in Singapore, United Kingdom, USA and Japan, and most recently facilitated a ‘Foundations for Longevity in Teaching and Practice’ Teacher Training programme in Bali.

She is a founding member of the Journal of Yoga Studies, an open-access academic journal and The Luminescentan independent, high-quality, evidence-based research hub for the history and practice of Yoga. In collaboration with the Haṭha Yoga Project (SOAS University of London), Jacqueline is producing a documentary film, which aims to bring to life the eighteenth-century yoga of the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati. In collaboration with the AyurYog Project (University of Vienna), Jacqueline is constructing a web-based visual and textual timeline for premodern Ayurveda and Yoga.

Jacqueline regularly publishes her research and writings on The Luminescent, which aims to offer an excellent standard of research on the rich history and diverse practice of Yoga to the broader community in the form of open-access articles, essays and visual material.