Yoga Vacation Program
March 13 — 15, 2025

Integrating Modern Medicine and Ayurveda to Boost Longevity

Akil Palanisamy, MD

In this course, Dr. Akil will share practical, actionable tips and tools in the areas of diet, lifestyle, exercise, and stress management to optimize your health span and longevity. In all areas he will synthesize the latest medical advances with the Ayurvedic sciences, including their approach to rejuvenation called Rasayana – which encompasses diet, spices, herbs, and lifestyle practices. He will teach you all the ways you can lower your “biological age”, regardless of your chronological age.

A highlight of this program will be his discussion of the fascinating research on how your beliefs about food, sleep, physical activity, and stress can actually shift the physiology of your body and how it performs in each of these realms. He will correlate this research on the transforming power of your mindset with ancient Vedic texts such as the Charaka Samhita, which understood that beliefs create an individual’s perception of reality and consequently determine their physiology.

Whether you are looking to enhance your own health or that of your family members and friends, this program is an essential resource for anyone looking to unlock the full potential of their longevity with the profound wisdom of integrating Ayurveda and Western medicine.

Offered as 2 workshops and 3 satangs (subject to change).

The presentations associated with this Yoga Vacation Program begin with an 8pm satsang on the first day of the program and conclude with an 8pm satsang on the last day of the program.  Click here to read more about the Yoga Vacation Program details and view the ashram schedule for yoga classes and meals during your stay. We suggest you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your program for the optimal experience.

Akil Palanisamy, MD, is a Harvard-trained physician who practices integrative medicine, blending his conventional medical expertise with Ayurveda. “Dr. Akil” attended Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in biochemical sciences. He earned an MD from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and completed family medicine residency training at Stanford University. He then graduated from a fellowship in integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona, and received certification in mind-body medicine from the Georgetown University Center.

He is certified in Ayurveda by the Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, and completed a clinical internship in Ayurvedic practice with Dr L. Mahadevan in Derisanamcope, Kanyakumari district. He is a widely sought-after speaker who has presented at NAMA and APA in the UK, as well as Ayurveda conferences in India.

Dr. Akil is the Department Chair for Integrative Medicine at the Sutter Health Institute for Health and Healing (IHH). He also serves as IHH Physician Director for Community Education and leads their educational initiatives and programs. He is the author of “The Tiger Protocol” (his latest book) and “The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease”.

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