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Talk by Prof. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa and Dr. Anil Maheshwari on Yoga based research

The talks were organized on the following topics:

A)
Title: Yoga: The Science and the Biomedical Research Evidence’
Speaker: Prof. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa from Harvard Medical School
Date:  January 7, 2019 (Monday)
Time:  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Venue: FC Kohli Auditorium, KReSIT Building
B)
Title: Yoga Sutra and World Peace: Four Decades of Research
Speaker: Dr. Anil Maheshwari
Date:  January 8, 2019 (Tuesday)
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Venue: FC Kohli Auditorium, KReSIT Building

Abstract:

Yoga is an ancient behavioral practice that allows for the development of
the skills of mind-body awareness or mindfulness, self-regulation of
internal physiological and psychological state, and physical fitness. Yoga
is becoming increasingly popular as a behavioral strategy for the
promotion and maintenance of health and wellness, as preventive medicine,
and also as an adjunct therapeutic intervention. This presentation will
overview the scientific evidence on the underlying mechanisms of yoga
practice supporting the rationale for these applications of yoga, and the
clinical trial evidence for its efficacy in wellness, prevention and
therapy.
Maharishi Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra is an ancient Vedic text that provides a
comprehensive manifold path for achieving union with Supreme
Consciousness. Yoga is popular worldwide as a means of personal growth and
development. However, Yoga Sutra also states that coherence in collective
consciousness can counter hostile tendencies. This is achieved by trained
meditators transcending together. Over 50 research publications in the
scientific journals have documented experiments of varying scale conducted
around the world, where small groups of trained meditators trained in
Transcendental Meditation ™ technique created Super-Radiance Effect and lowered crime rates and improved quality of life measures.

About the speakers:

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD is Research Director for the Yoga Alliance and
the Kundalini Research Institute, Research Associate at the Benson Henry
Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Research Affiliate at the Osher Center
for Integrative Medicine, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard
Medical School. He has conducted research on yoga and yoga therapy since
2001 and is a practitioner/instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi
Bhajan since 1971. His research has evaluated yoga for insomnia, chronic
stress, and anxiety-related disorders, and in the workplace and public
schools. He works with the International Association of Yoga Therapists
promoting yoga research as scientific director for the annual Symposium on
Yoga Research and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Yoga
Therapy. He is author of the Harvard Medical School ebook Your Brain on
Yoga, and chief editor of the medical textbook The Principles and Practice
of Yoga in Health Care.

Anil Maheshwari, PhD., is a Professor of Management at the Maharishi
University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, since 2012. He did BTech from
IIT Delhi, MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, and PhD from Case Western Reserve
University. He has been on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati,
City University of New York. He has published over a dozen papers and has
also delivered dozens of seminars and talks around the world on
technology, management, and spirituality. He is Director of the MBA in MIS
program and teaches courses in data analytics and information systems. He
is the author of five books including Data Analytics Made Accessible, the
a bestseller on Amazon. He has 20 years of IT industry experience
including leadership roles at IBM Corporation in Austin, TX, for 9 years.
He ran a marathon in 2006. His recent research focuses on Bliss, Vedas,
Leadership, and World Peace. He received the coveted Maharishi Award in
2015. He blogs on Blissful Living at anilmah.com.