Why a conference on Yoga and Education?

conf-logoKaivalyadhama has chosen to organize its 8th International Conference on “Yoga & Education: Principles and Practice” as we recognize the profound influence that yoga can have in the field of education. The literal translation of yoga means “integration” or “union”. We at Kaivalyadhama have come to see yoga as the science which aims to harmonize or unite virtually all aspects of life – the physical, mental, social and spiritual. The most direct and abiding way to achieve this is to integrate yoga into educational systems. Our ultimate goal is to see yoga as an inherent part of every curriculum all over initiatiattttethe world. We believe that such “integration” would result in populations of students who are more empathetic, self confident and mindful of themselves and one another. The anecdotal and empirical evidence is that schools, which incorporate yoga into their curricula, find that the learning process is enhanced through reduced level of stress, improved focus and increased attention span. In many parts of the world schools have found that integrating yoga into the classroom has had these profound and abiding effects. However, we find ourselves at a point where yoga is not an integral part of a significant number of educational curricula. More to the point, it could not even realistically be seen as part of a serious agenda on educational reform. Our task is therefore a daunting and formidable one. Therefore, we choose to come together here in Lonavala, India not only to share our successes but also to search for a practical and realistic means by which we can put yoga onto the agendas of educators everywhere. micccs This is indeed a lofty goal. However, we feel that the time is right to use existing research and empirical evidence to convince decision makers of the merits of our cause. It is also high time for us – the teachers and practitioners of yoga – to investigate what roadblocks have impeded our progress towards this goal and find practicle ways to overcome these. Surely the first step towards this goal is for the international yogic community to come together in unity of purpose and clarity of voice to put forth our case. Through our common understanding and dedication to yoga – and true to the original meaning of the word – may we seize an opportunity to find this unity and clarity through this gathering here in Lonavala!


1. To provide an international forum to explore ways in which yoga can be incorporated into and enhance educational practices.

2. To provide a platform for sharing and stimulating innovative and multidisciplinary research on yoga in education.

3. To provide a platform for discussion and exchange of best policies and practices (including the experiential aspects) in implementing yoga into educational systems throughout the world.


A. Yoga in Schools

B. Yoga in Higher Learning Institutions

C. Policies & Leadership Related to Yoga in Education

D. Experiential Paradigm of Yoga in Education


Important Dates

The inauguration of the conference will take place on 27th December 2015 in the afternoon. Full day sessions will be held on the 28th, 29th and 30th December 2015.

Nov. 30 – Last day for submission of full-text of accepted abstracts

Nov. 30 – Last day for regular registration

Conference Sessions

1. Plenary Session Addresses by eminent scholars

2. Poster & Paper presentation sessions Oral presentations and exhibits of research on yoga in education

3. Panel discussions Dialogues amongst panelists to chart the way ahead

4. Question & Answer session An open interactive session with a scholarly panel

5. Practice sessions / Spiritual Discourses Different schools of yoga holding practical yoga sessions and/or enlightening talks

6. Cultural Programmes Musical spiritual evenings that take one toward a blissful state of being

Medium of Language

The proceedings of the conference will be conducted mainly in English, with a certain number of presentations in Hindi. If there are a sufficient number of papers in other foreign languages like Japanese, Chinese, French, Italian, German or Spanish, separate sessions for the respective languages could be arranged.

Guidelines for Paper Presentations

Soft copies of the abstract (strictly up to 250 words) and full-texts of papers (up to 3000 words) need to be emailed to kdhamconference@gmail.com . Participants need to submit a structured Abstract/Full-text with the following headings:

Abstract: Background, Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusion

Full-text: Introduction, Hypotheses, Methods (Sample, Tools, Procedure), Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References (only in APA style) Method and Results are not needed in the Abstract/Full-text if it is a review/theoretical paper. More information can be found at http://www.ym-kdham.in/contributors.asp .

Papers may also be submitted in Hindi. Please submit Abstracts only as a PDF file in case the paper is in Hindi. The time-limit for presenting a paper is 20 minutes followed by ten minutes of Question-Answer session. Paper presenters are expected to present their papers either by consulting brief points in their notes or with the help of MS-Power Point. Videos may also be used for presentation. Mere reading of papers is not acceptable.

Papers accepted in English will be published in Yoga Mīmāṃsā, the 90-year old international research journal of Kaivalyadhama, after double-blind peer review.

Guidelines for Poster Presentations

Format: 250-word Abstract, Introduction, Method & Materials, Results, Tables & Figures, and Conclusions. Full Poster Size: 3’ x 4’ Border: 1/2 inch Poster Text size: Title – 80 pt., Sub-title – 72 pt. with author name(s), designation(s) department(s), Body text – 22-25 pt. Any clearly readable font can be used. Accepted posters from each conference theme will be judged by a panel and stand a chance to win prizes for best poster presentations. Names with photos of winners will also appear in KdhamWorld, the institute’s newsletter

Inaugural Ceremony

Shri Suresh Prabhu

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Shri O. P. Tiwari

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Shri Vinod Tawde

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Justice B. N. Srikrishna

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Swami Maheshananda

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Plenary Speakers and Chairpersons

Ganesh Rao

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H. R. Nagendra

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Micheline Flak

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V. N. R. Pillai

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Sat Bir Khalsa

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Shirley Telles

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Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

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Goran Boll

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S. Krishnamurthy

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Sunil Saini

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Ulka Natu

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Carla Tantillo

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Ishwar Basavaraddi

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Latha Satish

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Philip Connor

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U. S. Ray

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B. M. Hegde

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D. R. Kaarthikeyan

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Jyoti Bajaj

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Madhusudan Penna

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Ramesh Bijlani

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Bhushan Patwardhan

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Karma Carpenter-Shea

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Rajan Narayanan

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S. P. Mishra

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Amrta Suryananda Maharaj

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Pundit Radheshyam Mishra

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Sudhir Tiwari

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Kaustubh Desikachar

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Rajvi Mehta

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R. S. Bhogal

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Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati

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Ganesh Rao

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Sandhya Dixit

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Swami Anubhavananda

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Swami Bharat Bhushan

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Neeraj Singh

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Registration Entitlements

1. Registration kit; invitations to the inauguration, valedictory, and cultural programmes

2. Access to all conference sessions and morning yoga-practice sessions

3. Dormitory/Shared accommodation in the campus

4. Vegetarian breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea on all conference days Note: Although we will try, kits cannot be assured for spot registrations.

Payment Details

1. Cheque/DD drawn in favour of “K.S.M.Y.M. Samiti” payable at Lonavala.
NOTE: Only at par cheques will be accepted. Extra bank charges will apply for bank cheques other than Bank of Baroda, HDFC, ICICI, Canara, Syndicate, SBI and Central Bank of India as they will be considered as out-station cheques.
2. Electronic Transfer:
Name of Bank – Bank of Baroda, Lonavala-Branch
Account Number – 09440100006098
Name of Account – K.S.M.Y.M. Samiti

Cancellation and Refunds (Minus applicable bank charges)

  • Before Oct. 30, 2015 – 100%
  • Oct. 30-Nov. 30, 2015 – 75%
  • After Nov. 30, 2015 – No refund 

Private Accommodation

At the time of registration, if you so wish, you may book private accommodation (if not availing dormitory/shared accommodation) in local hotels. Pick-up and drop facility will be provided by Kaivalyadhama. Click here for a list of recommended hotels at Lonavala Please contact the hotels directly for booking. Individual hotel’s cancellation and extension policies will apply.

Registration Fees

For Indians

  1. Delegates – Rs. 4000/-
  2. Students – Rs. 3000/-

Spot Registration – Rs. 5000/-

For International

  1. Delegates – USD 350
  2. Students – USD 300

Spot Registration – USD 450

Discounts *For students A certificate from the Head of the Department/Institute stating that they are a bona fide student of their educational institution is mandatory. A student’s concession is also available for past and present students of Kaivalyadhama. *Senior citizens Senior citizens above 65 yrs. of age (other than self-employed) may register with 20% discount for delegates. There will be no senior citizen discount for spot registrations. Please submit a copy of valid proof of age along with the registration. *In case required documents are not enclosed, participants will be registered as a regular delegate and fees will be charged accordingly.

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Email: kdhamconference@gmail.com
Tel: (02114) 273001/276001 Extn: 153
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