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Khalsa, Sat Bir Singh

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, has conducted research in neuroscience, biological rhythms, and sleep since 1978. Since 2001, he has been fully engaged in research on the efficacy of yoga and meditation practices in improving physical and psychological health. He has been personally involved in the practice of a yoga lifestyle since 1971 and is a certified instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. He is currently the Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute, Research Director for the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Research Associate at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Board Member of the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine and Humanology, Scientific Advisor for the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, USA.

Dr Khalsa has conducted federally funded clinical research trials evaluating yoga for insomnia, posttraumatic stress disorder, chronic stress, and generalized anxiety disorder. His current primary interest is the evaluation of the efficacy of yoga within the academic curriculum of public schools to determine the benefits to students in mental health characteristics, including perceived stress, resilience, emotion regulation, and anxiety; and this work is funded federally and by the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living. He views yoga as a practice deserving of widespread implementation within society, including into the educational and medical systems.

Dr Khalsa has relationships and collaborations with fellow yoga researchers internationally, working closely with the International Association of Yoga Therapists to promote research on yoga therapy, and serving as the scientific coordinator for the annual Symposium on Yoga Research and as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. He is author of the Harvard Medical School ebook entitled Your Brain on Yoga and since 2005 he has been teaching an elective course at Harvard Medical School in mind–body medicine.