YOGA AS THERAPY – SCOPE, EVIDENCE AND EVOLUTION

The 9th International Conference hosted by Kaivalyadhama
An international platform with experts unravelling the intricacies of the subject.

We are delighted to announce our 9th International Conference this year, from December 27th – 30th, 2018 on the topic Yoga as Therapy – Scope, Evidence and Evolution

There would eminent speakers and dignitaries from around the world gracing this occasion. Through multiple academic plenary sessions and panel discussions spread over three days, our endeavour would be to delve deeper into the intricate aspects of understaning yoga as a therapy. There would experts deliberating on the latest developments in research on therapeutic aspects of yoga, thus disseminating this traditional yet eclectic knowledge through a common platform. 

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

  • Philosophico-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.

9.00 a.m. to 09.30 a.m.

Patanjali pooja to seek the blessings of Maharshi Patanjali – Conducted by Swami Maheshnanda and Shri O. P. Tiwari

4.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Inauguration

Dr. D. R. Kathikeyan, Justice (Retd.) B. N. Srikrishna, Vd. Rajesh Kotecha, Dr. H. R. Nagendra, Swami Maheshananda,
Shri O. P. Tiwari

6.00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Keynote address: Chair – Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary (AYUSH)
Yoga as therapy – How wide is its scope, how deep is its evidence and how great is its evolution?
Speaker- Dr. Ganesh Rao

7.30 p.m. to 8.30 pm.
Cultural Program 1 – Ustad Usman Khan – Sitar performance

8.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Dinner

6.00 a.m. to 7.30 a.m.

Morning Workshops 1 – Six parallel sessions

  • Swami Anubhavananda – Simplify life – interact with an erudite , scholarly and be happy Swami
  • Shri O.P. Tiwari – Traditional Pranayama
  • Shri R. S. Bhogal – Yoga Meditation
  • Dr. N. Ganesh Rao – Classical Yoga
  • Mrs. Vartika Dubey – Asanas: Healing towards Health
  • Dr. Arthur Brownstein – Yoga as therapy for cardiovascular system


8.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m.

Breakfast

9.00 a.m. to 09.20 a.m.
Theme-based yoga demonstration by Kaivalyadhama students

9.30 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
Chair: Dr. Arthur Brownstein

  1. Yoga as therapy: Its scope in the mainstream healthcare system as well as in a home setting – Dr. Dilip Sarkar
  2. Yogic breath regulation and pranayama as therapy: Scope, research and directions for clinical practice and implementation in medicine – Dr. Luciano Bernardi


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 – Three parallel sessions: Three Speakers (25 mins. each) + One Chair (15 mins.)

1. The Scope of Yoga as Therapy: Chair – Dr. Sat Bir Khalsa

  1. The scope of yoga as therapy in classical texts, traditional forms and living traditions – Dr. B. R. Sharma
  2. The scope of yoga as therapy in various medical conditions – self and therapist assisted practice – Dr. Manoj Naik
  3. The scope of yoga as therapy in the newly emerging field of mind-body medicine – Dr. Raghavendra Rao

2. Evidence of Yoga as Therapy: Chair – Dr. Luciano Bernardi

  1. Evidence of correlations between yogic constructs of chakras, nadis, kundalini and physical neuro-anatomy – Dr. Alan Weiss
  2. Evidence-based yoga and its integration into professional therapy practice – the Western scenario – Dr. Arthur Brownstein
  3. Evidence for yoga as therapy and supportive care in various non-communicable diseases – Dr. Praseeda Menon

3. Evolution: The future of Yoga as Therapy: Chair – Shri. P.N.Ranjit Kumar – Joint Secretary AYUSH

  1. The future roadmap – the Indian educational, professional and policy-related scenario of yoga as therapy – Shri. Subodh Tiwari
  2. The future roadmap – global policies and their impact on yoga as therapy – Mr. John Kepner
  3. The future roadmap – integrating yoga as complementary therapy into mainstream medical and mental healthcare – Mr. Goran Boll

Paper and poster presentations on all above themes of the conference:

  1. Paper presentation session – Six papers from the clinical category

(Panel – Dr. Dilip Sarkar, Dr. Erik Groessl)

  1. Poster presentations – Chair – Dr. B. B. Singh

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
Chair: Dr. Luciano Bernardi

  1. Systematic reviews of yoga as therapy: What do they tell us? – Dr. Erik Groessl
  2. Scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic benefits of yoga – Dr. Sat Bir Khalsa


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

  • Dr.Samprasad Vinod – Meditation and Meditative way of living
  • Yogacharya Vishwas Mandlik – TBD
  • Dr. Meena Ramnathan – Yoga for children with special needs
  • Dr. Deepak Bagadia – Limitations of YOGA therapy
  • Swami Nirmalananda –
  • Exploring the Spiritual Practices for Healing
  • Nanak Nihal Singh Khalsa –Meditative Healing through Sat Nam Rasayan


6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Cultural Program 2 – Nritya Yoga – Gauri Swakul

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

6.00 a.m. to 7.30 a.m.

Morning workshops 2 – Six parallel sessions

  • Swami Anubhavananda – Simplify life – interact with a erudite , scholarly and be happy Swami
  • Shri O.P. Tiwari – Traditional Pranayama
  • Shri R. S. Bhogal – Yoga Meditation
  • Dr. N. Ganesh Rao – Classical Yoga
  • Dr. Sharad Bhalekar – TBD
  • Mr. Durgadas Sawant – Demo, teaching cum workshop of Shuddhi Kriyas

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

9.00 a.m. to 09.20 a.m.
Mathemagic Show by Shri Minoo Jokhi

9.30 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
Chair: Prof. R. S. Bhogal

  1. Yoga as therapy: synthesis of traditional wisdom with modern scientific knowledge – Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani
  2. Spirituality and therapy: the future evolution of yoga in healing – Swami Nirmalananda

11.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
Tea break

11.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Academic Session 1 – Three parallel sessions: Three Speakers (25 mins. each) + One Chair (15 mins.)

1. The Scope of Yoga as Therapy: Chair – Dr. Erik Groessl

  1. The scope of yoga as psychological therapy in relation to cognitive behavioural and mindfulness-based therapies – Mr. Daniel Mintie
  2. The scope of awareness-based therapeutic techniques: the cross-cultural landscape – Dr. Usha Nayar
  3. The scope of Nidra Yoga in psycho-physiological healing and therapy – Mr. Andre Riehl

2. Evidence of Yoga as Therapy: Chair – Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

  1. Philosophico-literary evidence for yoga as therapy in various physical and mental disorders – Dr. Ishwar Basavaraddi
  2. Integrating evidence-based yoga into professional therapy practice – the Indian scenario – Dr. V. D. Chauhan
  3. Understanding the underlying mechanisms of holistic health in yoga as therapy – Dr. Manjunath, N.K.

3. Evolution: The future of Yoga as Therapy: Chair – Dr. Sat Bir Khalsa

  1. The future roadmap – the preventive and curative dimensions of yoga as therapy – Dr. Satish Pathak
  2. The future roadmap – yoga as therapy in women’s health – Dr. Ulka Natu
  3. The future roadmap – evolution of the healing and transformational dimensions of yoga as therapy – Dr. Latha Satish

Paper and poster presentations on all above themes of the conference:

  1. Paper presentation session – Six papers from the scientific and philosophical categories

(Panel – Dr. Arthur Brownstein, Dr. B. R. Sharma)

  1. Poster presentations – Chair – Dr. B. B. Singh 

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

2.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Panel discussion 1 – Eight Speakers + One Chair (10 mins. each)

Standardization in yoga as therapy – To be or not to be!
Moderator – Dr. Kaustubh Desikachar
Speakers – Dr. Samprasad Vinod, Mr. John Kepner, Dr. Dilip Sarkar, Dr. Ishwar Basavaraddi, Prof. (Dr.) Satya Lakshmi, Dr. Sharad Bhalekar, Vd. Kuldip Raj Kohli, Dr. N. Ganesh Rao

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

  • Srikrishna Vyavahare – Research-based simple but effective Yoga Sadhana for Type-2 diabetes by training the mind and strengthening the emotions
  • Maharshi Mahesh Yogi Vedic Vishwavidyalaya – Transcendental Meditation (in Hindi)
  • Dr. Rajvi Mehta – Yoga in the tradition of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar
  • Mrs. Kamlesh Barwal – Art of Living
  • Dr. Kaustubh Desikachar – TBD
  • Mr. Andre Riehl – Nidra Yoga

6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Cultural Program 3 – Mr. Anoop Jalota – Vocal performance

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

6.00 a.m. to 7.30 a.m.

Morning workshops 3 – Six parallel sessions

  • Swami Anubhavananda – Simplify life – interact with a erudite , scholarly and be happy Swami
  • Shri O.P. Tiwari – Traditional Pranayama
  • Shri R. S. Bhogal – Yoga Meditation
  • Dr. N. Ganesh Rao – Classical Yoga
  • Pandit Radheyshyam Mishra – TBD
  • Dr. Sabir Shaikh – TBD

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

9.00 a.m. to 09.45 a.m.
Quiz competition on lineages of yoga as therapy

09.45 a.m. to 10.15 a.m.
Tea break 

10.15 a.m. to 11.45 p.m.
Panel Discussion 2 – Eight Speakers + One Chair (10 mins. each)

The Yoga Therapist – How to be or not to be?
Moderator – Dr. N. Ganesh Rao
Speakers – Dr. Erik Groessl, Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Dr. Luciano Bernardi, Mr. Goran Boll, Dr. Arthur Brownstein, Dr. Rajvi Mehta, Dr. V. D. Chauhan, Dr. Ulka Natu

12.00 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.
Valedictory and prize distribution
Chief Guest – Dr. Satyapal Singh, Minister of State for HRD
Guest of honour – Dr. H. R. Nagendra,

Valedictory address – Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan

1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.
Lunch

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

Call for Papers / Poster Presentation

Submissions of abstracts for paper presentations was closed on 1st August 2018. However, you can submit abstracts for posters until 31st October 2018.

The top 12 abstracts will be selected for paper presentation.

Decision regarding acceptance of abstracts for paper presentation will be communicated via email by 1st October 2018.  Deadline for submission of Full Paper (upto 2000 words) – 30th October 2018

PLEASE NOTE – A merit list will be prepared based on certain evaluation criteria by the judges and the top six abstracts in a particular category will be selected for paper presentation. The remaining will be considered for poster presentation.

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