Sat Bir S. Khalsa

Sat Bir S. Khalsa, PhD, is assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Research Director for the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Through the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living, he is the primary investigator for yoga studies establishing Kripalu program efficacy, contributes to yoga teacher training and guest program faculty programs, and convenes yoga research symposia. His research on yoga for mental health in public schools, insomnia, anxiety disorders, and chronic stress, and his Harvard ebook Your Brain on Yoga, and upcoming edited medical textbook The Principles and Practice Yoga in Health Care has established him as a world-renowned yoga researcher, collaborator, author, and speaker.

Upcoming Programs

  • September 19, 2016
  • Monday: 1 night
  • September 19–21, 2016
  • Monday–Wednesday: 2 nights
  • October 25–28, 2016
  • Tuesday–Friday: 3 nights


  • Yoga and Sleep

    The statistics around sleep are enough to give you nightmares.

  • Yoga Research: The Power of Possibility

    Nine years ago, we at Kripalu made an exciting decision: to undertake a serious yoga research program.

  • The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards

    An excerpt from The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards Drawing from both scientific research and esoteric wisdom, William J. Broad’s The Science of...

  • Why Yoga Works

    With the ever-growing amount of scientific studies conducted in the field of yoga research,...

  • The High School Brain on Yoga

    by Iona Smith Like most of us, I would not want to relive my teenage years—unless I could do so knowing what I know now. Even so, I’ve been drawn to working...

  • Yoga Goes to High School

    I’m waiting in the yoga classroom of a western Massachusetts high school—the site of one of the Yoga in the Schools projects being developed and...