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KaivalyaDham – Almost a hundred years of scientific validation and practice.

Seminar – Psychology through Ages

September 29 and 30, 2017

Yoga, Jung and Beyond

Commemorating Kaivalyadhama’s 93rd Foundation Day

Fee – Rs. 1200/-
(Includes meals and sharing accommodation)

In this era of globalization, healthcare has become a booming industry. Growing mental health hazards across the globe, both in developed and underdeveloped countries, calls for due attention in the area of mental healthcare. The upsurge in Indian economy has its fallout effects on the lifestyle of the growing population in Indian cities. India truly needs an indigenous and cost effective approach to the issue.

The science of Yoga is psycho-physiological. It delivers a great promise in this regard, having been confirmed by huge scientific data available on the use of yoga in psychiatric and behavioral maladies worldwide. However, the role of mental and spiritual aspects of yoga have not been explored fully, in tackling personality disorders. Yogic procedures can treat disorders like psychotic Incidences, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia and autism.

Modern psychiatry has its own limitations in treating these disorders. At the same time it is expensive. It is therefore incumbent upon us to explore indigenous interventions such as yoga psychology, while tapping into the diagnostic procedures of modern psychology.

Our expert panel of speakers will come together to frame a comprehensive synthesis of eastern and western psychologies for meeting the challenges of the national health needs of India. An in-depth understanding of yoga in dimensions of eastern and western psychologies will throw open tremendous possibilities in undertaking research into means and methods of treating patients with mental disorders.

Swami Kuvalayananda, the pioneer doyen of scientific research in Yoga, had asserted in 1924,“…the physical side is only a minor aspect of yoga which is chiefly mental and spiritual.”

Yoga is that art and science which is calculated to ensure for the individual perfect health for the body, infnite happiness for the mind and perfect spiritual development for the soul. Thus yoga is a science which leads to physical mental and spiritual perfection and is based upon principles that are thoroughly rational

– Swami Kuvalayananda

Program schedule

29 Sept 2017

9.00 – 9.45 am – Breakfast
10.00 – 11.30 am – Inauguration (Chief guest – Hon’ble Justice Dr. D. Y. Chandrachud – Judge, Supreme Court of India)
11.30 am – 12 noon – Tea and Poster presentation
12.00 – 1.30 pm – Bridging eastern and western psychology (Introduction of speakers – 5 mins, Dr. Matthijs Cornelissen – 45 mins, Dr. Ganesh Rao, Dr. Shirley Telles – 10 mins each, Q&A – 20 mins)
1.30 – 2.30 pm – Lunch
2.30 – 4.00 pm – The role of eastern and western psychology in modern mind-body approaches (Introduction of speakers – 5 mins, Dr. Shirley Telles – 45 mins, Dr. Matthijs Cornelissen, Dr. Usha Nayar – 10 mins each, Q&A – 20 mins)
4.00 – 4.30 pm – Tea and Poster presentation
4.30 – 6.00 pm – Yogic and modern psychological therapeutic techniques (Introduction of speakers – 5 mins, Dr. Usha Nayar – 45 mins, Dr. Shirley Telles, Dr. Praseeda Menon – 10 mins each, Q&A – 20 mins)
6.15 – 7.15 pm – Workshops (Theme – Mind & Meditation) (Hindi – Prof. R. S. Bhogal, English – Dr. Ganesh Rao)
7.30 – 8.30 pm – Dinner

30 Sept 2017

6.30 – 7.30 am – Workshops
Theme – Mind Cleansing through Tratak) 
(Hindi – Mrs. Sandhya Dixit, English – Mr. Anukool Deval)
8.00 – 9.00 am – Foundation (Vijaya Dashmi) Day Puja
9.00 – 9.45 am – Breakfast
10.00 – 11.30 am – Patanjali and Jung intersection
(Introduction of speakers – 5 mins, Dr. Ganesh Rao – 45 mins, Dr. Matthijs Cornelissen, Dr. B. R. Sharma – 10 mins each, Q&A – 20 mins)
11.30 am – 12.00 noon – Tea & Visit by speakers at poster presentations
12.00 noon – 1.30 pm – Concept of citta/mind in yoga and modern psychology (Introduction of speakers – 5 mins, Prof. R. S. Bhogal – 45 mins, Dr. Ganesh Rao, Prof. R. Bodhe – 10 mins each, Q&A – 20 mins)
1.30 – 2.30 pm – Lunch /Mahaprasad
2.30 – 4.00 pm – Psychology Through the Ages: Yoga, Jung & Beyond – Closing remarks by all invited speakers (Dr. Matthijs Cornelissen, Dr. Shirley Telles, Dr. Usha Nayar, Prof. R. S. Bhogal, Dr. B. R. Sharma, Prof. R. Bodhe, Dr. Sharad Bhalekar – 10 mins each
Opening, Moderation, Q&A from audience, and Conclusion – Dr. Ganesh Rao – 20 mins)
4.00 – 4.30 pm – Tea
4.30 –  5.30 pm – Valedictory (Yoga & Psychology: Possible areas of integration – Dr. B. R. Sharma – 20 mins)



  • To identify points of difference and points of contact between Eastern and Western theory and practice of psychology
  • To build a bridge between Eastern and Western perceptions of psychology
  • To demonstrate the relevance of psychology based on Self-realization of the seers and mystics to counseling, specially cognitive behavioral therapy

Sessions and Themes

The Seminar will include keynote and plenary presentations, practical workshops and informal discussions. The presentations, made by distinguished Indian and International experts, will be around the following themes:

1. Bridging eastern and western psychology
2. Concept of Citta/Mind in yoga and modern psychology
3. The role of eastern and western psychology in modern mind-body approaches
4. Patanjali and Jung intersection
5. Yogic and modern psychological therapeutic techniques to discover points of difference and points of contact between Eastern and Western theory and practice of psychology

Guidelines for Poster Presentation

We invite interested researchers to present their projects in the form of the poster as per guidelines below:

Poster should include the following:

  • Title: project title
  • Authors: your name, faculty advisor’s name, names of collaborators, and department
  • Purpose (or Objectives or Introduction)
  • Methods and Materials
  • Results or Findings
  • Discussion
  • Summary: – if the project is completed, this will be your research conclusions
    if the project is on-going, this can include what remains to be done
    Acknowledgments: include any sources of funding your received


Please email abstract for poster presentation to [email protected] latest by July 31, 2017.

Instruction for Poster Presentation

  1. The display board surface is 4 feet high and 3 feet wide.
  2. The title, author(s) and institution are to be prominently displayed across the top border with lettering height between 1 and 2 inches (2.5 to 5.0 cm).
  3. Poster displays must include the TEXT NARRATIVE. Depending on the focus of the research, one also typically includes some or all of the TABLES, FIGURES, ILLUSTRATIONS, PHOTOGRAPHS, and LEGENDS.
  4. These materials will be viewed from about 3 feet distance, so choose large type or print font and points that can be read from that distance without the use of binoculars.
  5. There are many effective materials to use for your display, ranging simply from paper, to paper and photographs mounted on thin poster board, to having the entire display printed on a 4′ x 8′ scroll. Avoid mounting material on thick or heavy backing, as the push pins will be unable to secure it to the display boards. You are advised to bring your own pins and tapes.
  6. Include and arrange your material as a coherent and straight-forward story is told without your presence. Emphasize the most important points and avoid overwhelming the viewer with too much detail.

Our Panel of Speakers

Dr. M. Cornelissen

Indian Psychology Institute

Dr. B. R. Sharma

Principal - GS College, Kaivalyadhama

Dr. Shirley Telles

Director of Research - Patanjali Yogpeeth

Prof. R. S. Bhogal

Asst. Director of Scientific Research Department - Kaivalyadhama

Dr. Usha Nayar

Adjunct Professor, Adelphi University

Prof R. K. Bodhe

Asst. Director of Philosophico Literary Research Department - Kaivalyadhama

Dr. N. Ganesh Rao

Holistic Yoga Expert

Dr. Sharad Bhalekar

Lecturer - GS College of Yoga, Kaivalyadhama


Please fill out the form below to register. You will be redirected to the payment page on submitting the form. 
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CANCELLATIONS: Refund will be issued after deducting 25% of the fees till 19th September 2017.
No refund for cancellations after 19th September 2017.