"The Scientific Basis of Yoga and Meditation in Medicine And Public Health"
with special emphasis on
"Yoga for Heart Disease"
Dates will be announced shortly
Prof. Ravi Kant
Dr. Ravi Kant is a Professor of Surgery and Padma Shri award winner. He is director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, India. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Scotland, and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He has been a winner of the Dr. Bidhan Ray award as a nationally famed teacher and academician.
Dr HR Nagendra (Guruji)
Guruji Dr. H. R. Nagendra is the Vice Chancellor of VYASA Yoga University. He has been the guiding force behind the VYASA movement. After receiving his doctorate in 1968, he served as faculty of IISc in Department of Mechanical Engineering.
He then went to Canada as Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the University of British Columbia, Canada in 1970. From there, he moved to NASA Marshall Space Flight Centre, USA as Post-Doctoral Research Associate in 1971 and moved to Engineering Science Laboratory, Harvard University, USA as a Consultant in 1972. He served as Visiting Staff at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London later. In 1975, he joined Vivekananda Kendra, a service mission, as a whole-time worker.
From 1986 to the present, he is the Secretary of Vivekananda Kendra Yoga Research Foundation, Bangalore and the Director of Indian Yoga Institute, Prashanti Kutiram.
From 2000 to the present, he has been serving as President, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bangalore and from 2002 to present, he serves as the Vice Chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, the Yoga University in Bangalore. He has published 30 Research Papers in Engineering and more than 60 papers on Yoga. He has authored and coauthored 35 books on Yoga.
Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)
Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is a recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan award, the third highest civilian award granted by the government of India, “for distinguished service of a higher order to the nation,” honoring his work and writings as a Vedic teacher, which he received in March 2015.
He has a rare D. Litt. (Doctor of Letters), the highest educational title possible in the field of Yoga and Vedic sciences, from SVYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana), the only deemed Yoga university recognized by the Government of India. He has a second D. LITT. from Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh that was given to him by the governor of Uttar Pradesh. He has a special National Eminence Award from the South Indian Education Society (SIES), affiliated with the Kanchi Shankaracharya Math, which has only been given to about fifty educators over the last forty years.
In India, Vamadeva’s translations and interpretations of the ancient Vedic teachings have been acclaimed in both spiritual and scholarly circles. He has worked extensively teaching, writing, lecturing, conducting research and helping establish schools and associations in related Vedic fields over the last more than three decades.
In addition he writes regularly for various publications and the social media on educational issues in India and the importance of Vedic knowledge for the entire world, which has given him a vast and diverse readership and following. Over the years he has been one of the main pioneers in introducing Ayurvedic medicine to the western world, as well as Jyotisha (Vedic astrology), the deeper aspects of Yoga and Vedanta, and the interpretation of the Vedas.
Smt M. Nivedita Raghunath Bhide
Sister Nivedita Bhide has extensively worked on the life and teachings of Swami Vivekananda and has also been engaged in social work for many years. For her contribution to the social work, she has been awarded with the fourth highest civilian award of India, Padma Shri. She has highlighted in great measure the relevance of Swami Vivekananda not only in the nation building of our nation but also in making India a world leader in spreading peace and harmony.
Nivedita Raghunath Bhide is the All India Vice President of the Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari. She has written over 15 Books, presented papers in National and International seminars, and given lectures in IITs and Universities, including Kansas University in the USA.
She has represented India in Seminar on Swami Vivekananda conducted by ICCR in 2013 at Melbourne, Australia. She also participated in the In the International Meeting of Educational Experts at Darwin, Australia convened by UNESCO for the Asia-Pacific region in 1999.
Dr. Karan Singh
Dr. Karan Singh was born heir apparent to Maharaja Hari Singh and Maharani Tara Devi of Jammu and Kashmir on 9 March 1931. During his 70 years in public life he has held a number of significant offices in the country. Starting at the age of 18 in 1947, he was for 18 years Head of State of Jammu and Kashmir. In 1967, he joined Smt. Indira Gandhi’s Cabinet as Cabinet Minister, at 36 the youngest person to do so. He continued as Cabinet Minister till 1977 and also briefly in 1979 during which he held a variety of portfolios. Later he was Ambassador to the United States, President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, India’s delegate on the UNESCO Governing Board, as well as holding the Chancellorship of the Kashmir University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Banaras Hindu University.
He completed seventy years in public life in 2019 as a renowned scholar, philosopher and orator. A man of letters and recipient of the Padma Vibhushan award, he has authored over twenty books, including his Autobiography, Bridge to Immortality, Eassays on Hinduism, Humanity at the Crossroads and India and the World. His latest book An Examined Life is a selection of his writings over seven decades.
Dr. Indranil Basu Ray
Dr. Basu Ray is an Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiologist working out of Memphis, TN, USA. A Visiting Professor of Cardiology at the All India Institute of Medical Science at Rishikesh, India. He is a former faculty member in Medicine (Cardiology) at the Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Basu Ray has been meditating since the age of six. He is a disciple of Hariharnanda Giri, a kriya Yoga Master who was trained by Paramhansa Yogananda and Sri Yukteshwar Giri, – the great Kriya Yoga experts. His research centers on the use of meditation and yoga in modern medicine, particularly heart diseases.
He is also one of the ten cardiologists to write the world’s first scientific statement on the use of meditation in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases on behalf of the American Heart Association. Dr. Basu Ray has been invited to deliver lectures on his research at many premier institutes in the United States, including Harvard, MIT, Georgia Tech, Cleveland and the Mayo Clinic, as well as many other institutions in India and abroad.
Dr. Basu Ray is the author of numerous research articles and book chapters in cardiology. He is the editor of Clinical Cardiology, a book for medical curriculum for subspecialty training in cardiology with over 40 authors from all over the world. He is also the Editor in Chief for Cardiac Electrophysiology for Stat Pearl, an initiative to provide continuing medical education to physicians with the US National Library of Medicine under the National Institutes of Health.
Dr Marian Levy
Marian Levy, DrPH, RD, FAND, is Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis. Dr. Levy received her doctorate in public health from UCLA. A Registered Dietitian and Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she has spearheaded numerous initiatives to promote health equity, provide environmental support for healthy lifestyles, and enhance eco-responsibility. Since 2005, she has served on NIH special emphasis review panels for the National Institute for Minority Health. She received the Ruby R. Wharton Outstanding Woman Award for Race Relations and has been recognized with teaching awards from the University of Memphis (Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2011 Outstanding Dietetic Educator).
Dr. Bhanu Duggal
Dr. Bhanu Duggal is a professor and Head of Department at All India Institutes of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, India. She was in the past also a professor and Head of Department at the Grant Medical College and Sir JJ group of hospitals. She is a recipient of many awards, including the Diversity Travel Support Award in April 2013. Dr. Duggal is an internationally famed cardiologist with research in utilization of stents in clinical practice in India.