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Yoga is an ancient behavioural practice that allows for the development of mind body skills including awareness/mindfulness and self-regulation of internal physiological and psychological states. 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 molecular biology and brain imaging and research supporting the potential of yoga as a contemplative and transformative practice that enhances unitive states of consciousness and spirituality. Models of psychophysiological mechanisms of action and future areas of research will be presented. We will also overview the significant research on the benefits of yoga as a therapeutic intervention for psychological conditions, as a treatment for medical disorders, and as a preventive medicine practice for maintaining health, wellness and well-being. The workshop will also include practice of brief Kundalini Yoga exercises and meditations that have been used in clinical trials research.

About Sat Bir Singh Khalsa

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. has been fully engaged in basic and clinical research on the effectiveness of yoga and meditation practices in improving physical and psychological health since 2001. He has practiced a yoga lifestyle since 1971 and is a certified instructor in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. He is currently the Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute, Research Director for the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Research Associate at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women”s Hospital in Boston. He has conducted clinical research trials evaluating a yoga treatment for insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic stress, and anxiety disorders.

At the centre of his interest, is an evaluation of the benefits of yoga within the academic curriculum of public schools. Dr. Khalsa works with the International Association of Yoga Therapists to promote research on yoga therapy as the chair of the scientific program committee for the annual Symposium on Yoga Research and as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. He is the author of the Harvard Medical School ebook entitled Your Brain on Yoga, and is chief editor of the medical textbook The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care. Since 2005 he has also been teaching an elective course at Harvard Medical School in mind-body medicine.

Workshop Adult: $60
Workshop Concession: $50
Earlybird (ends 21 Sept): $45

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