Sat Bir Khalsa

Sat Bir Khalsa

Yoga & Research

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. has been fully engaged in biomedical research on the
efficacy of yoga and meditation practices in improving physical and psychological health
since 2001. He has practiced a yoga lifestyle since 1972 and is a certified instructor in
Kundalini Yoga. He is the Director of Yoga Research for the Yoga Alliance, the Director
of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute, a Research Associate at the Benson
Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, a Research Affiliate of the Osher Center for
Integrative 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 yoga interventions for insomnia, post-
traumatic stress disorder, chronic stress, and anxiety disorders and in both public school
and occupational settings. Dr. Khalsa works with the International Association of Yoga
Therapists to promote research on yoga and 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 medical editor of the Harvard
Medical School Special Report An Introduction to Yoga and chief editor of the medical
textbook The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care .

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Friday, 09.07
13:45 • 1,5H
Yoga & Yoga Therapy: Understanding the Science & the Research

Yoga is an ancient behavioral practice that allows for the development and enhancement of mind body skills and behavioral factors including physical functioning, awareness/mindfulness and self-regulation of internal physiological and psychological states and life meaning and purpose.  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 the significant clinical trials research on the benefits of yoga as a therapeutic intervention for psychological conditions and medical disorders.

Saturday, 10.07
13:00 • 1,75H
Stress Management with Yoga: Science & Practice

Chronic stress is highly prevalent in modern society.  However, our educational and medical systems are not effectively addressing this burden which has very serious consequences for health and quality of life.  This workshop will begin by defining stress and providing an understanding of the physiology and psychology of chronic stress, stress management and stress tolerance.  The current behavioral and psychological strategies and techniques for managing chronic stress will also be reviewed.  The role of yoga and mind-body techniques as stress management interventions will be discussed in detail from the perspective of the physiological and psychological mechanisms involved, including a review of the published research on the efficacy of yoga practices for stress.  Some brief yoga techniques for stress will also be practiced in this session.

Sunday, 11.07
13:00 • 1,75H
Yoga Prevention & Wellness: Science & Practice 

Yoga is becoming increasingly popular as a behavioral strategy for the promotion and maintenance of health and wellness, and as preventive medicine.  Application of yoga interventions provide psychophysiological and clinical outcomes that are not currently readily available within the repertoire of modern medicine, including improvements in physical flexibility and self-efficacy, respiratory function, stress reduction and coping, resilience to stress, emotion regulation, mind-body awareness and mindfulness, subjective well-being, quality of life, and life meaning and purpose.  Many of these outcomes underlie the behavioral and lifestyle-related risk factors for chronic noncommunicable diseases, which are reaching epidemic proportions and represent the greatest burden in mortality and cost in modern healthcare.   This presentation will overview the scientific evidence on the underlying mechanisms of yoga practice supporting the rationale for these applications of yoga, and will also review the published clinical trial evidence for its efficacy in wellness and prevention.  Some brief yoga techniques for stress will also be practiced in this session.