Dr. Sat Bir S. Khalsa

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. is the Director of Yoga Research for the Yoga Alliance and the Kundalini Research Institute, a Research Associate at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, a Research Affiliate at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has conducted research on yoga and yoga therapy since 2001 and has been a practitioner/instructor of Kundalini Yoga since 1973. His research has evaluated yoga for insomnia, chronic stress, and anxiety-related disorders, and in workplace and public school settings.  He works with the International Association of Yoga Therapists promoting yoga research as scientific director for the annual Symposium on Yoga Research and as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.  He is medical editor of the Harvard Medical School Special Report Introduction to Yoga, and chief editor of the medical textbook The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care.

Dr. Khalsa will present a lecture: Understanding the Biomedical Science and Research on Yoga

Saturday 17.00 CET

In easy-to-understand language, this presentation will review some of the basic science underlying the psychophysiology of yoga practices and describe some of the cutting edge biomedical research studies with relevance to yoga, including research on psychology, physiology, molecular biology and brain imaging.  A model summarizing all of the physical, mental, and spiritual mechanisms of action will provide a modern scientific overview of how yoga works.  Examples of research illustrating these features and benefits of yoga practice will also be presented including some of the significant clinical trials research on the benefits of yoga as a therapeutic intervention for psychological and medical conditions and specific populations.