Save the Date for SYR 2020

SYR 2020

October 19–21

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

IAYT's Symposium on Yoga Research is the West's foremost academic yoga conference. SYR showcases the best new research and offers multiple poster sessions as well as ample opportunities to interact with scientists and other professionals in the field.

This single-track academic research conference is also a unique learning opportunity for yoga therapists, clinicians, integrative healthcare professionals, and psychology and education professionals interested in yoga research.

Join us at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts!




Paul J. Mills, PhD

Professor and Chief at the University of California San Diego's Department of Family Medicine and Public Health; Director of the Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health; Director of the Clinical Research Biomarker Laboratory; Co-director of the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute's Translational Research Technology Program; Director of Research for the Chopra Foundation

Ruth Q. Wolever,

Interim Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt and Director of Vanderbilt Health Coaching; Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, with secondary appointments in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing; Adjunct Associate Professor at Meharry Medical College


Oral Presenters


Beth Bock, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University  School of Public Health; Research Scientist at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI; research focus is on exercise promotion and on substance use cessation and risk-reduction, primarily alcohol and tobacco.


Anne Cox, PhD, MEd

Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology in the Kinesiology Program at Washington State University and Co-director of their Psychology of Physical Activity Lab; research focuses on understanding key determinants of physical activity behaviors


 Erik Groessl, PhD

Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California San Diego; Director of the UCSD Health Services Research Center; Principal Investigator and health services researcher at the VA San Diego Medical Center; research focuses on the benefits of yoga interventions in chronic pain populations, military personnel and veterans, and older adults

Kim Innes, PhD

Professor in the West Virginia University Department of Epidemiology; an epidemiologist and clinical research scientist with a particular interest in yoga and related mind-body therapies for the prevention and management of cognitive impairment, restless legs syndrome (RLS), arthritis, diabetes, and other burdensome chronic disorders related to stress, sympathetic activation, and metabolic dysregulation 



Jojo Y. Y. Kwok,

Registered nurse, yoga instructor, and Research Assistant Professor at School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong; research primarily focuses on developing and testing innovative behavioral interventions for chronic illness care, including mindful yoga interventions for Parkinson's disease, as well as using mobile-health approaches to sustained healthcare practices


Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, 
PhD, MPH, RD, RYT-500

Mayo Professor and Division Head in the Division of Epidemiology and Community health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota and yoga instructor; research focuses on a broad spectrum of eating and weight-related outcomes including eating disorders, unhealthy weight-control behaviors, body image, dietary intake, weight stigmatization, and obesity

Watch for details as the program is developed by the Scientific Program Committee.

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, Chair
Crystal Park, PhD
Chris Streeter, MD
Lisa Uebelacker, PhD
Jennifer Webb, PhD