9th International Conference
YOGA AS THERAPY : SCOPE, EVIDENCE & EVOLUTION

December 27 – 30, 2018

Sub-themes

Scope of yoga as therapy

  • Classical texts and therapy: Patanjala Yoga Sutras, Hathayoga texts, Yoga Upanishads, Yoga Vashishtha, Darshanas, Srimat Bhagwat, and others
  • Traditional forms and therapy: Mantra Yoga, Nada Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Karma, Bhakti & Jnana Yoga, Laya Yoga, and others
  • Living traditions and therapy: Kaivalyadham – Tradition with Science, Kriya Yoga, Transcendental Meditation, Krishnamacharya’s Ashtanga Yoga, Art of Living, Iyengar Yoga, and others
  • Emergence of new possibilities in therapy: Yoga as therapy in the conventional healthcare system, yoga therapy in the home setting
  • Yoga vis-a-vis other forms of modern therapies: Yoga and mind-body medicine, yoga and mindfulness-based therapies, yoga and phenomenological therapy, and yoga in relation to other cross-cultural contemplative, spiritual, and awareness-based therapeutic techniques
  • The strengths and limitations in the scope of yoga as therapy

Evidence of yoga as therapy

  • ConferencePhilosophico-literary research: Manuscript and textual research, critical editions, etc.
  • Scientific research: Conceptual studies, experimental studies, case studies, reviews, meta-analyses, systematic reviews, research on mechanisms underlying therapeutic benefits

Evolution of yoga as therapy

  • Philosophico-literary and scientific research in yoga as therapy
  • The educational scenario related to yoga as therapy
  • Yoga as complementary and preventive therapy in urban and rural public health
  • National and international policies pertaining to yoga as therapy
  • Importance of an unified approach to yoga as therapy with due respect to different lineages
  • Preventive, curative, healing/palliative, and spiritual/transformational dimensions of yoga as therapy.

Daily Schedule

27th Dec 2018 (Day I)

4.00 p.m.to 5.30 p.m.
Inauguration – Inaugural address (One main speaker)

6.00 p.m.to 6.45 p.m.
Key Note 1 (One speaker + One chair)
Yoga as therapy – How wide is its scope, how deep is its evidence and how great is its evolution?

7.00 p.m. to 8.00 pm.
Cultural Program 1

8.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Dinner

28th Dec 2018 (Day II)

6.00 a.m. to 7.30 a.m.
Morning Workshops 1 – Six parallel sessions

8.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m.
Breakfast

09.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
Plenary Session 1 – Two Speakers (40 mins. each) + One Chair (10 mins.)

Theme – Unearthing the scope of yoga as therapy: Challenges and prospects
Speaker 1: Yoga as therapy: its part in the mainstream healthcare system
Speaker 2: Yoga as therapy: synthesis of traditional wisdom with modern scientific knowledge

11.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
Tea break at the venue

11.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Academic Session 1 – Parallel sessions in three halls
Three Speakers (25 mins. each) + One Chair (15 mins.)

Theme for each of the three halls:

  • The Scope of Yoga as Therapy 
  • Evidence of Yoga as Therapy
  • Evolution – Future of Yoga as Therapy

Poster session on all above themes of the conference open for all at a different venue during this period

1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.
Lunch

2.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Plenary Session 2 – Two Speakers (40 mins. each) + One Chair (10 mins.)

Theme – Evidence-based yoga as therapy: Challenges and prospects
Speaker 1: How much can yoga treat? – A systematic review
Speaker 2: Scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic benefits of yoga

4.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Tea break

4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Evening workshops 1 – Six parallel sessions

6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Cultural Program 2

8.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Dinner

29th Dec 2018 (Day III)

6.00 a.m. to 7.30 a.m.
Morning workshops 2 – Six parallel sessions 

8.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m.
Breakfast

09.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
Plenary Session 3 – Two Speakers (40 mins. each) + One Chair (10 mins.)

Theme – The evolution of yoga as therapy: Challenges and prospects
Speaker 1: Yoga as therapy: directions for education, research, practice and policy
Speaker 2: Spirituality and therapy: the future evolution of yoga in healing

11.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
Tea break  

11.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Academic Session 2 – Parallel sessions in three halls
Three Speakers (25 mins. each) + One Chair (15 mins.)

Theme for each hall:

  • The Scope of Yoga as Therapy 
  • Evidence of Yoga as Therapy
  • Evolution – Future of Yoga as Therapy

Poster session on all above themes of the conference open for all at a different venue during this period

1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.
Lunch

2.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Panel discussion 1 – Five Speakers + One Chair (15 mins. each)
Standardization in yoga as therapy – To be or not to be!

4.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Tea break

4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Evening workshops 2 – Six parallel sessions

6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Cultural Program 3

8.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Dinner

30th Dec (Day IV)

6.00 a.m. to 7.30 a.m.
Morning workshops 3 – Six parallel sessions 

8.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m.
Breakfast

09.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
Panel Discussion 2 – Five Speakers + One Chair (15 mins. each)
The Yoga Therapist – How to be or not to be? 

11.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
Tea break 

11.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Valedictory – Valedictory address (One main speaker)

1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.
Lunch

2.30 p.m. onwards
Sightseeing (to be arranged on your own with a local tour operator)

Objectives

  • To explore all creative fronts to conceive and implement joint action plans towards well designed and executed research in therapeutic yoga, consistently, for years to come
  • To facilitate in-depth deliberations towards refining our understanding of Yoga as Therapy and thus acquiring an insight into its psycho-physiological efficacy.
  • To help discover and deliberate in forging a workable unanimity regarding the nature and modes of implementation of authentic quality control in different modes of instructions in Yoga as Therapy in the light of basic principles of yoga so that yoga can be fully tapped with all its authentic effects as an effective therapeutic tool
  • To encourage creative minds to guide us in developing instructions and treatment procedures with respect to Yoga as Therapy on prioritized disorders
  • To discover and encourage all efforts at validation of therapeutic interventions of yoga.
  • To make scientific exploration with interdisciplinary approaches in achieving need based outcome in priority areas such as NCDs, Psychiatric and Stress related Disorders.
  • To help unleash the creative synergies of speakers and participants into discovering & evolving scientifically sound, yet traditionally correct Yoga interventions for their therapeutic use.
  • To help enhance understanding of fundamentals of Yoga as Therapy, resulting from deliberations of the scientists & yoga experts of eminence that in all probabilities would stimulate both fundamental & applied research into Yoga as Therapy and thus give an impetus to further evolution of Authentic Yoga.
  • To take a step towards standardization and evolution of yoga techniques based on instructions and effects available in ancient literature and living traditions on one hand and corroboration of the same with scientific methods, on the other.

Call for Papers and Poster Presentation

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION IS CLOSED!

Deadline for submission of Full Paper (upto 2000 words) – 30th October 2018

For poster presentation

Poster Size : 3’ x 4’; Photo Size : 5” x 7”: Short Poster Text: 18 pt. Helvetica
Contains introduction, method, result and summary, full colour
Title : 90 pt. Helvetica: Sub-title : 72 pt. Helvetica
Authors with designation and address, departments, university
Border : 1/2 inch, Presentation : Verbal, at poster site, Language : Concise

N.B. – Send Full paper soft copies to [email protected]
Participants, presenting papers in languages other than English, are requested to send their papers along with the English translation.

Conference Appeal

Eminent Guests and our Panel of Speakers

Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu
Hon’ble Vice President of India

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Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha
Renowned Ayurvedic Physician

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Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavnani
Director – ICYER Pondicherry

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Dr. (Mrs.) Latha Satish
Managing Trustee in-charge, KYM, Chennai, India

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Dr. Satya Lakshmi
Director – National Institute of Naturopathy, India

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Dr. H R Nagendra
President – SVYASA, Bangalore, India

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Dr. Ulka Natu
Eminent Gynaecologist and Yoga Expert
India

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Dr. Satya Pal Singh
Minister of State for Human Resource Development

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Pundit Radheshyam Mishra
Founder & Director, Ujjain Yoga Life Society & YogaLife USA

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Dr. Arthur Brownstein
Asst. Clinical Professor of Medicine, USA

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Dr. Rajan Narayanan
Executive Director – Life in Yoga Foundation, USA

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Dr. Sat Bir S. Khalsa
Ass. Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, USA

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Dr. Luciano Bernardi
Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Pavia
Italy

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Swami Anubhavananda
Spiritual Leader,
India

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Justice D. Y. Chandrachud
Judge, Supreme Court of India

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Dr. Usha Nayar
Clinical Psychologist, USA

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Dr. Ishwar Basavaraddi
Director – MDNIY, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Shirley Telles
Chief Research Consultant, Patanjali Yogpeeth, India

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John Kepner
Executive Director, IAYT,
USA

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Dr. D. R. Kaarthikeyan
Retd. Director General, National Human Rights Commission
India

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Dr. B. N. Gangadhar
Professor, NIMHANS, India

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Dr. N. Ganesh Rao
Holistic Yoga Expert, India

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Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan
Director – Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health, Pune University, India

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Goran Boll
Yoga Teacher/Therapist, Sweden

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Dr. Stephen Parker
E-RYT 500, Yoga Alliance
USA

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Timothy McCall
Founder/Director, Yoga As Medicine
USA

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Registration Fee           

For Indian participants

Delegates – Rs. 4,000
Students – Rs. 3,000

For International participants

Delegates – USD 350
Students – USD 300

Spot Registration (No student Concession)

Indians – Rs.5,500
International – USD 350

(Fees include sharing accommodation with meals)

Payment modes

Cheques / DDs
Drawn in favour of   Kaivalyadham S.M.Y.M. Samiti, 
payable at Lonavla. For out-station cheques please add Rs.50/- extra.

Electronic transfer

Bank / Branch:HDFC BANK, Lonavla
Account Name: KAIVALYADHAM S M Y M  SAMITI
Account No: 04741450000017
IFSC Code: HDFC0000474
SWIFT Code: HDFCINBB

Cancellation Policy

Fees after deduction of bank charges are refundable until 30th October 2018 and 75% is refundable for cancellations before 30th November 2018. No refund is admissible for cancellations after 1st Dec 2018.

Please click below to register yourself. If paying via credit/debit card or netbanking (Indian partitipants), you will be redirected to the payment page on submitting the form. International participants are requested to fill out the form and pay via bank transfer, credentials given above. 

PLEASE NOTE: Form submissions without payment of conference registration fees will not be accepted. 

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