Yoga Vacation Program
December 17 — 19, 2024

The Science and Research on Yoga for Trauma and PTSD

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa

In easy-to-understand language, this program will include satsang lectures that 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.

The experience of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been recognized as debilitating conditions with an unfortunately high prevalence in modern society. There is now a growing implementation of trauma sensitive yoga for the treatment of trauma and PTSD. We will review the scientific rationale for multicomponent traditional yoga practices including postures/exercises, breath regulation, relaxation and meditation/mindfulness techniques for treating trauma and PTSD. We will also review the research literature on the published clinical trials using yoga as a therapeutic intervention. Yoga practice
workshops will include Yoga practices sessions believed to be specifically useful for elevating wellbeing and for managing trauma.

Offered as 2 satsangs and 2 workshops (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 a 90-minute 2pm workshop 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.

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. is the Director of Research for 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 Associate
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 as taught by Yogi Bhajan since 1973. His
research has evaluated yoga for insomnia, chronic stress, and anxiety-related disorders,
and also 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.

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