Jason Birch is a Sanskrit scholar and Post-doctoral Research Fellow at SOAS, University of London. He is a member of the Haṭha Yoga Project (a five-year research project funded by the European Research Council), which aims to edit critically and translate ten key texts of haṭha yoga, and reappraise its history in light of these primary sources. He completed a Doctorate of Philosophy in Oriental Studies (Sanskrit) at Oxford University in 2013, and has been dedicated to the study of Sanskrit and the practice of yoga since 1996. As a scholar of yoga, his special interests are in the medieval yoga traditions of India, particularly those known as haṭha and rāja yoga, as well as the history of the proliferation of yoga postures. Jason has contributed to a number of yoga teacher training courses worldwide, and has published several peer reviewed articles. He also co-edits The Luminescent.
Dr. Birch is a post-doctoral research fellow at SOAS University of London, and researcher on the Haṭha Yoga Project. He obtained his doctorate from Oxford University, and his principal areas of expertise are the premodern traditions of haṭha and rāja yoga