It’s a “scientific conference grant” from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and it enables scientists from all over the world to attend the Symposium on Yoga Research at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health coming up September 23-25. Science and Yoga, kissing in a tree!
This news closely follows the inclusion of International Journal of Yoga Therapy Articles in the PubMed/Medline database of biomedical literature, which is managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)—part of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which means it’s kind of a big deal.
Not to be confused with SYTAR (Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research) happening at the beginning of September in California, the SYR (combined with SYTAR) is also a big deal in making strides towards legit scientific research, and melding of the minds as it were.
“We are grateful to receive this grant from NCCAM to expand the opportunities for both researchers and research trainees to attend SYR,” said Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, chair of the Scientific Program Committee for SYR. “Although yoga has been used therapeutically by more than 6% of the U.S. population, we are in need of more high-quality, scientific research on yoga therapy to document and evaluate its application and efficacy in healthcare and preventive medicine. SYR provides a forum for leading yoga therapy researchers to promote and share their work, to develop effective and advantageous collaborations, and to advance this new but rapidly growing field of scientific research.”
SYR is being presented in partnership with the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living (IEL) and will feature keynote speakers Luciano Bernardi, M.D., professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Pavia, Italy; Sara W. Lazar, Ph. D., associate research scientist in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School; and Lonnie Zeltzer, M.D., professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry, and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
In short, it’s a yoga nerd fest.
International Association of Yoga Therapists website