Samuel Horsley (BA (Hons) (Oxon.), MSt (Oxon.), PGDE)

Thesis title: Through the body of the teacher: the pedagogy of religious knowledge in modern postural yoga


Postgraduate Diploma in Education

University College London (2018-2020)

MSt in the Study of Religion (Distinction)

University of Oxford (2015-16)

BA (Hons) Theology (First Class)

University of Oxford (2012-2015)

Undergraduate teaching

Studying Religions (Autumn 2023)

Global Indigenous Religions (Spring 2024)

Research summary

Samuel's doctoral research considers the production and transmission of knowledge about Hindu religious and philosophical content in modern postural yoga in the UK.

Current research interests

Samuel is interested in a broad range of topics related to Hinduism, Buddhism and philosophies of embodiment. 

Knowledge exchange

Samuel is keen to work with yoga studios and with providers of education for yoga teachers to support their teaching of the philosophy and history of yoga.

Current project grants

School of Divinity Scholarship Award from the University of Edinburgh

Conference details

RExChange Conference

Online (September 2020)

Paper title (with Frances Lane (UCL)): "RE:search website as teacher development tool"


British Sociological Association, Sociology of Religion Conference

Bristol (July 2023)

Paper title: "It's samSAra, not samsaRA: the Sanskrit language and teacherly authority in modern postural yoga"