The Savitribai Phule Pune University has established the Ramkumar Rathi Patanjali Yoga Chair for boosting Yoga research. The Yoga Chair aims at research capacity building, public health advocacy and promotion of scholarship. The Yoga Chair is functional at the Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences. The RR Patanjali Yoga Chair and AYUSH Center of Excellence (CoE) invite you for the Yoga Conclave ‘Yoga Research for addressing health challenges’.


The conclave is a part of International Conference ‘AYUSH for Future Health Challenges: Strengthening Transdisciplinary Research’. It addresses the needs of Yoga research and provides opportunities for interactions with researchers and experts. The conclave is focused exploring Yoga for health promotion, strengthening connections with Ayurveda, understanding biology of Yoga and developing epistemology sensitive approaches for Yoga research. The participants can interact with experts who are contributing in Yoga research and practice. The sessions will be useful for practitioners, researchers, teachers and students of Yoga, other AYUSH systems, biomedicine, and life sciences.


  • Scientific sessions on Yogic biology, AyurYoga confluence, Satvavajaya Chikitsa, Evidence-based Yoga, Yoga for non-communicable diseases, mental health
  • Opportunities for interaction with Yoga researchers
  • Case studies on transdisciplinary Yoga research
  • Wide overview of Yoga applications in health promotion and disease management
  • Opportunities for networking and collaborations
  • • Yoga with Gurus: A practical Session


  • Prof Gururaj Mutalik, Director, Jijnyasa Foundation, Sun City Center, FL, USA*
  • Dr B N Gangadhar, Director, National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences, Bangalore
  • Dr Dennis Chang, Director, NICM Health Research Institute, Sydney, Australia
  • Dr Alex Hankey, Professor, S-VYASA University, Bangalore
  • Dr Shirley Telles, Director, Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar
  • • Dr Leena Phadke, Chairman, Central Research Lab, Smt. Kashibai Navale Medical College and General Hospital, Pune
  • Dr Rahul Shidhaye, Physician Scientist and Public Health Consultant, Pune (* Prof Mutalik will address through teleconference)


Saturday, 30th November 2019 (7:30 AM – 6:00 PM)
(Practical session will start at 7.30 am near Main building. The participants should bring their Yoga mats.)


Students: INR 500 Faculty: INR 700
For registration please visit Information about the conference ‘AYUSH for Future Health Challenges: Strengthening Transdisciplinary Research’ (28 to 30 November 2019) and ‘Workshop on Meta-research and Evidence-based Medicine’ (1 December 2019) is also available on the same link.

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Ramkumar Rathi Patanjali Yoga Chair
Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences
Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune – 411 007