SYR 2018 Recap
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SYR 2018 Recap

Held: October 15–17, 2018

Location: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

SYR is the West's foremost academic yoga research conference. SYR 2018 showcased some of the best new research and offered multiple poster sessions. Click here for the full details from the conference.

Most of the preconference, keynote, and oral presenters have generously offered access to their slides as handouts. Download the handouts below.

Photos from the event can be accessed from the link following the handouts.



Lanay Mudd

NCCIH Funding Priorities and
Opportunities for Yoga Research

Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

Developing a Program of Research in Yoga:
Strategies for Getting Started

Stephanie Jean Sohl

Planning Pilot Studies:
Considering Feasibility,
Study Design, and Next Steps

Kim Innes

Challenges and Strategies Relevant to
Study Participant Adherence and Retention


Karen Mustian

How to Design an Appropriate
Behavioral Placebo/Control

To come


Karen Sherman 

Maximizing the Effectiveness of Yoga Research:
View from an Epidemiologist and Clinical Trials

Oral Presentation:
Sundaravadivel Balasubramanian

Mechanisms Underlying Pranayama
as Revealed by Salivary Biomarker Analysis

Oral Presentation:
Susan Gould Fogerite 

Integrated Approaches to Yoga and Self-Care
for Caregivers and People with Disabilities

 Oral Presentation:
Jennifer Huberty

Utilizing a Consumer-Based Product
to Deliver Yoga Online:
Findings from Feasibility Studies 

Oral Presentation
Young Investigator:
Nicholas Cherup

The Effects of a Yoga Meditation (YoMed)
Program on Proprioception and Balance
in Individuals Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease 


Robert Saper

Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain

 Special Interest Session:

Yoga-Based Assessments for Clinical Care and Research 

Hosted by:

Kimura Keishin, Minoru Kamata, and Marlysa Sullivan

Traditional Yoga's Teachings & Ayurveda
at the Foundation of Yoga Therapy Assessment

Development of the Measurement Tools of Personal Cognitive Features from the View Point of Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy Assessment

 Special Interest Session:

Yoga Research Reporting Guidelines Working Group

 Hosted by:

David Riley and Steffany Moonaz


CLARIFY Delphi Study

Special Interest Session:

NCCIH Funding Opportunities for Yoga Research and Trainees

Hosted by:

Lanay Mudd 

NIH Special Interest Group 


Oral Presentation:
Arlene Schmid

Merging Yoga and Occupational Therapy: A Pilot Study to I
mprove Balance and Fall Risk Management After Stroke

Oral Presentation:
Takakazu Oka

Yoga Therapy for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS): Effectiveness and Underlying Mechanisms


Oral Presentation:
Brandon Eggleston

Psychosocial Determinants, Contraindications, and Preexisting Conditions Associated with Practicing Hot Yoga

Sara Lazar



Yoga, Meditation, and the Brain

SYR 2018 Photos - See some of our favorites and access the library for images you may download for your personal use.

High-resolution versions of the photos in the library (without the watermark) are available for $10 each from photographer Christina Lane. To order, please contact her directly: Email the file number(s) of the image(s) you want to Include your name and email address in the body of the email, and use SYR2 as your subject.


SYR 2018 was presented by
The International Association of Yoga Therapists
in affiliation with Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living