Yoga Vacation Program
December 12 — 15, 2022

The Science and Biomedical Research on Yoga

Rationale and Relevance for Modern Society

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa

Join leading yoga researcher Sat Bir Singh Khalsa for a cutting-edge exploration of the psychophysiological science underlying the benefits of yoga practice — and discover how and why yoga manifests as beneficial for addressing stress and emotion regulation, creating resilience and equanimity, maintaining health, and preventing and treating psychological and physical diseases. In addition to an overview of current scientific studies on yoga relevant to stress and burnout, trauma, insomnia, modern medicine and public schools, you will experience and practice some of the yoga techniques presented. This program provides important exposure to the rationale for conducting research on yoga and an excellent introduction to the past, present, and future research on yoga and yoga therapy.

Offered as 3 satsangs and 3 workshops

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 Associate 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.

December 12

Evening satsang | The Science Behind How Yoga Works

December 13

Afternoon workshop | Yoga for Stress and Burnout: The Science and Research

Evening satsang | Yoga and Modern Medicine

December 14

Afternoon workshop | Yoga for Insomnia: The Science and Research

Evening satsang | Yoga in Public Schools

December 15

Afternoon workshop | Yoga for Trauma: The Science and Research

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