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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.
Laurie Hyland Robertson, MS, C-IAYT, eRYT500, CA/R
Laurie began her professional life in publishing, with editorial roles ranging from copy work to developmental editing and senior management for publications including peer-reviewed journals, graduate-level texts in healthcare and law, and the medical business magazine Physicians Practice. In 2007 she opened a holistic clinic and a yoga studio with her husband Tom, who is a doctor of chiropractic and yoga teacher.
Laurie's first experiences with yoga, in 2001, were fast-paced vinyasa classes that ultimately helped to channel excess pitta, and she now enjoys a balanced daily practice that draws on multiple traditions. She was a member of the first class in the Master of Science in Yoga Therapy program at Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she has served as adjunct faculty and a clinical supervisor. She is also a trained pilates instructor and E-RYT 500 yoga teacher. Laurie practices yoga therapy with individuals and small groups, emphasizing yoga's potential to transform the pervasive effects of stress.
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
Matthew Taylor, PT,
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 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