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Tuesday, January 01, 2019

The Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute in Lonavala played host to an international conference on the subject recently

Top researchers, experts and policy makers from various countries attended the Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute’s ninth International Yoga Conference, which took place from December 27 to 30 in Lonavala. The theme of the conference was ‘Yoga as Therapy - Scope, Evidence and Evolution’
Present at the inauguration were Swami Maheshananda (Chairman, Kaivalyadhama), Dr. D. R. Karthikeyan (Former Dir. CBI and Member of Kaivalyadhama Advisory Board), Justice (Retd.) B. N. Shrikrishna (former judge of the Supreme Court of India and Chairman, Kaivalyadhama Advisory Board), P.N. Ranjit Kumar (Jt. Secretary Ministry Of AYUSH, Government of India), Dr. Pradeep Vyas (Principal Secretary - Public Health Department, Government of Maharashtra), Prof. Rajan Welukar (Vice Chancellor, Raisoni University and Member, Advisory Board, Kaivalyadhama), and O P Tiwari (Secretary Kaivalyadhama).

Speaking at the inauguration, Subodh Tiwari, CEO, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute said; “Over the next few days, brilliant minds from all over the globe will come together to discuss the place of yoga in the realm of healing. Through multiple academic plenary sessions and panel discussions, our endeavour would be to delve deeper into the intricate aspects of understanding yoga as a therapy. At Kaivalyadhama, we believe that we can set the proper context for conversation and truly be able to recognise that yoga, unlike many other disciplines, provides an all-encompassing method for therapy.”

The aim of the conference was to understand the evolution of yoga as a form of therapy, both historically and in the current context.

Some of the topics discussed were - Evidence-based yoga and its integration into professional therapy practice – the Western scenario, the future roadmap – integrating yoga as complementary therapy into mainstream medical and mental healthcare, and yoga as therapy in women’s health.

Dr. Satbir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Hardvard Medical School, USA, said: “Today, there is a disconnect. We’ve taught dental hygiene, but not mental hygiene. Now, through the lens of yoga, as a form of healing, both from the scope of prevention and cure, we must ask ourselves how do we go from where we are now to where we need to be? I believe this conference will help answer this question and establish a roadmap for the practice and discipline of yoga therapy.”

Speakers at the conference included Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa (Asst. Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, USA), Göran Boll (yoga teacher, therapist and founder of Medi Yoga, Sweden), John Kepner (Executive Director, IAYT, USA), Dr. Arthur Brownstein (Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, USA), and Dr. Luciano Bernardi (Professor of Internal Medicine, Italy) amongst others.

The Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute was founded in 1924 at Lonavala by Swami Kuvalayananda—a pioneer in the field of scientific research in yoga.  Today the institute has flourished to become an internationally acclaimed yoga institute working in the field of scientific and philosophico-literary research, training and therapy in the field of yoga.

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