Thangka (painting on textile) depicting Saraha and other Mahasiddhas.

Event information

10 Dec 2020


Online event

Please note this is an online event and will require you to use the video conferencing system Zoom.

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Tibetan yoga is a hidden treasure at the heart of the Tantric Buddhist tradition.

In addition to meditations, visualisations and practices for the breath and body, it includes elements rather less familiar to yoga initiates in the West, including sexual yoga, dream yoga or lucid dreaming, and yoga practices enhanced by psychoactive plant substances.

Join Ian Baker, author of Tibetan Yoga: Principles and Practices (2019), alongside Tibetan Buddhist teacher and traditional doctor Nida Chenagtsang, for an exploration into this lesser-known tradition.

Supported by the Bagri Foundation.

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About the speakers

Ian Baker holds a PhD in History from the University of Strathclyde and has studied Art History and Literature at Oxford University, Comparative Religion at Columbia University and Medical Anthropology at University College London. He is an International Fellow of the Explorers Club and was honoured by the National Geographic Society as one of six 'Explorers for the Millennium' for his ethnographic and geographical field research in Tibet's Tsangpo gorges, and his team's discovery of a waterfall that had been the source of myth and geographic speculation for more than a century.

Ian is the author of eight critically acclaimed books on Himalayan and Tibetan cultural history, environment, art, and medicine, including The Dalai Lama's Secret Temple, a collaborative work with His Holiness The Dalai Lama that illuminates Tantric Buddhist meditation practices. His latest book, Tibetan Yoga: Principles and Practices, was published in 2019. Ian has also written for National Geographic Magazine and has contributed to academic journals in the fields of Tibetan yoga and physical culture in Vajrayana Buddhism.

Dr Nida Chenagtsang

Dr Nida Chenagtsang was born in Amdo, in Eastern Tibet. Interested in the traditional healing science of his people, he began his early medical studies at the local Tibetan Medicine hospital. Later he gained scholarship entry to Lhasa Tibetan Medical University, and he completed his practical training at the Tibetan Medicine hospitals in Lhasa and Lhoka. He is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Sorig Khang International and Co-Founder of the International Ngakmang Institute, established to preserve and maintain the Rebkong Ngakpa yogic culture within modern Tibetan society. 

Dr Nida Chenagtsang has published many articles and books on Sowa Rigpa (Traditional Tibetan Medicine), and trains students in Sowa Rigpa and the Yuthok Nyingthig spiritual tradition in over 40 countries. He has extensively researched ancient Tibetan healing methods, and has gained high acclaim in the East and West for his revival of traditional Tibetan external healing therapies. 

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