EDITORS IN CHIEF
Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, has practiced a yoga lifestyle for over
35 years. He is the Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute
and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and is an Assistant Professor of
Medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women\'s Hospital in Boston.
His central research funded by the National Center for Complementary and
Alternative Medicine of NIH is targeted at examining the efficacy of yoga for
the treatment of chronic insomnia and the mechanisms underlying its
effectiveness. He is also involved in research initiatives on yoga\'s
effectiveness in drug dependency, at-risk youth, professional musicians, music
students, cancer and cardiovascular disease among others. He has established
relationships with fellow yoga researchers in the U.S. and Europe and in India
where he routinely attends international yoga research conferences. Dr. Khalsa
also teaches an elective course at Harvard Medical School in Mind Body Medicine.
Laura Schmalzl, PhD, RYT 500 is an Associate Professor at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) where she teaches in the College of Science and Integrative Health. She initially trained as a clinical neuropsychologist, before completing a PhD in cognitive science and post-doctoral work in cognitive neuroscience as well as behavioral medicine. Alongside her academic work, she is also a dedicated yoga practitioner and certified yoga instructor. Much of Laura’s research over the past years has evolved around the development and scientific evaluation of yoga interventions for both clinical and healthy populations. Broadly speaking, her research interests lie in furthering our understanding of the mechanisms through which yoga-based practices can impact cognitive functioning, body awareness and emotional self-regulation.
Stephanie M. Shorter, PhD, RYT is a behavior designer and an expert on mind-body research methods. Trained as a behavioral neuroscience and cortical electrophysiology researcher, she published studies in visual perception, attention, and movement control before shifting her focus to yoga research. She has published research reports with Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living on how yoga alleviates performance anxiety in professional musicians. She serves as the manuscript editor of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy and regularly contributes a science column for yoga therapists in Yoga Therapy Today. Passionate about how yoga can move the practitioner from individual transformation to collective transformation, she is also the editor of a journal about social change called Kosmos Journal that is affiliated with the United Nations.
Lorenzo Cohen, PhD
Dr. Lorenzo Cohen is the Richard E. Haynes Distinguished Professor in Clinical Cancer Prevention, Director of the Integrative Medicine Program, and Chief, Section of Integrative Medicine, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is also Distinguished Clinical Professor, Fudan University Cancer Hospital, Shanghai, China. Dr. Cohen is a founding member and past president of the international Society for Integrative Oncology. Dr. Cohen is passionate about educating others on how to prevent cancer and maintain optimal health across the lifespan. As the majority of cancers are preventable, Dr. Cohen is conducting research to demonstrate that lifestyle factors including healthy diet, physical activity, stress management, and social support – in other words, leading a yogic lifestyle – can influence cancer outcomes. Dr. Cohen leads a team conducting NIH-funded research and delivering clinical care of integrative medicine practices such as meditation, Tibetan yoga, Patanjali-based yoga, Tai chi/Qigong, massage, diet, exercise, acupuncture and other strategies such as stress management, music therapy, emotional writing and more aimed at reducing the negative aspects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life and clinical outcomes. He is interested in examining different types of complementary programs that can be easily incorporated into conventional cancer treatments to decrease the psychophysiological consequences associated with treatment and to improve outcomes. Dr. Cohen has conducted some of the first randomized clinical trials of yoga in cancer patients and continues this important research today examining the psychological, behavioral, physiological, and biological benefits of yoga.
Holger Cramer, PhD
Dr. Holger Cramer, is Director of Yoga Research at the Department of Internal and Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He also is Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Dr. Cramer has authored more than 100 scientific journal articles, books and book chapters on yoga, meditation, and integrative medicine. He has dedicated his research to building an evidence-base for yoga as a therapeutic intervention in physical and mental conditions. Dr. Cramer is a licensed mind-body therapist, holds an MSc in clinical psychology, and received his PhD in medical science with an award-winning thesis on yoga for chronic pain.
Timothy McCall, MD
Dr. Timothy McCall, is a board-certified internist, the author of Yoga as Medicine, and co-editor of The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care (Handspring Publishing, 2016). McCall's articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and the Nation. Timothy has studied with many of the world's leading yoga teachers for over 20 years and with a traditional Ayurvedic doctor for more than a decade. He became Yoga Journal's medical editor in 2002. He is the Founder/Director of Yoga As Medicine Seminars and Teacher Trainings and, alongside his wife, yoga therapist Eliana Moreira McCall, the Co-Director of the Simply Yoga Institute for Yoga Therapy and Holistic Health, in Summit, NJ, near Manhattan.
Matthew Taylor, PT,
Dr. Matthew Taylor has 33 years as a leader in integrative rehabilitation and his practice has been featured in national publications for both patient care delivery and administrative design. His cash-based business is a futuristic approach fusing orthopedic rehabilitation, Yoga therapy and modern transformation learning theory. He is past president of the board of directors of International Association of Yoga Therapists, chair of their business development community, and teaches nationally of business and clinical skills development for Yoga therapists. Dr. Taylor is the editor of the just published, “Fostering Creativity in Rehabilitation.” www.DrMatthewTaylor.com
MBBS, MPhil, PhD
Dr. Shirley Telles is a world-renowned yoga researcher. She directs research at Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India, where she studies the physiological effects of yoga postures, yogic breathing, and higher states of consciousness induced by meditation. Shirley has published 150 indexed research articles, 17 chapters in books, and three books. She has received awards from the Templeton Foundation, the Indian Council of Medical Research, and was granted a Fulbright fellowship to study neuroimaging in meditators. Shirley practices yoga herself and has a firm belief that yoga can positively influence all aspects of life.
Richard C. Miller, PhD
Richard is a clinical psychologist, and the founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute (IRI), co-founder of The International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT), a founding member and past president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology, and author of Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing. He is one of this generation’s leading teachers of nondual wisdom, and leads retreats and trainings internationally. Richard serves as a research consultant studying the iRest Yoga Nidra protocol that he’s developed, researching its efficacy on health, healing and well-being with diverse populations including active-duty service members, veterans, college students, children, the homeless, with issues such as PTSD, sleep disorders, chemical dependency, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury. Richard recently published, The iRest Program for Healing PTSD (New Harbinger, 2014). www.irest.us