On Campus Program

Symposium on Yoga Research


The Symposium on Yoga Research (SYR) is the West’s foremost yoga research conference. This unique learning opportunity showcases some of the best new research, offering ample opportunities for participants to interact with other scientists, experts, and professionals in the field. SYR 2023 is a single-track academic research meeting that includes keynote presentations by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Shirley Telles, Peter Wayne and additional invited oral presentations from other senior researchers. Multiple poster sessions during the conference offer you an opportunity to discuss your work in depth with your colleagues. 

Note This symposium is for researchers, scientists, yoga therapists, clinicians, integrative healthcare professionals, psychology and education professionals, and anyone involved or interested in yoga research.

Poster Abstracts Poster sessions offer you an opportunity to discuss your research in depth with a representative researcher. The deadline for submitting a poster abstract is June 21; acceptance notifications will be sent by August 4. If your poster abstract is accepted, you must register for the conference by August 25. Learn more.

See a preview of SYR 2023 here.

SYR is produced by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, which is dedicated to advancing yoga as a respected therapeutic option. As the largest international membership association for yoga therapy, IAYT welcomes everyone who aligns with this mission and a vision of yoga for all.

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Keynote Presenters 

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD
Shirley Telles, PhD
Peter Wayne, PhD 

Research Presenters
Akshay Anand, PhD
Nicole Culos-Reed, PhD
Maren Nyer, PhD
Eric Roseen, 
Herpreet Kaur Thind, PhD
Lisa A. Uebelacker, PhD

Scientific Program Committee Members / Pre-Conference Presenters
Daheia Bar-Anderson, 
Neha Gothe, PhD
Catherine Justice, DPT
Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD
Patricia Kinser, PhD

Preconference (optional)

Yoga Research 101: Issues in Yoga Research Methodology 
Monday, October 16, 1:00–4:30 pm 
This optional, comprehensive preconference workshop offers a unique opportunity for research trainees, yoga instructors, and therapists to learn the basics of yoga research, establish connections for future research projects, and meet professional researchers and colleagues. 

Discounted Tuition for Students

Undergraduate or graduate students can receive a discount of $100. Please select the right tuition option for you and call Registrations at 413.448.3152 with any questions.


Program at a Glance

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Jon Kabat-Zinn is the author of 15 books and founder of the world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Clinic.

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Dr. Shirley Telles, PhD, MBBS, MPhil, is a research advisor at the Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India

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Dr. Peter Wayne is a researcher, practitioner, instructor of mind-body and integrative therapies, and author of The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi.

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Akshay Anand, PhD, DSc, is a professor in the department of neurology at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, India.

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Nicole Culos-Reed, PhD, is a professor at the University of Calgary and cofounder of Thrive Health—an online educational company building capacity in health, fitness, and yoga professionals to deliver safe and effective exercise and yoga oncology resources.

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Dr. Eric J. Roseen is an assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and director of the Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Disparities at Boston Medical Center.

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Dr. Herpreet Thind is an associate professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research focuses on chronic disease prevention and management through lifestyle interventions.

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Lisa Uebelacker is a professor in the departments of psychiatry and human behavior, and family medicine, at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

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Daheia Barr-Anderson, PhD, MSPH, is an associate professor of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota whose research focuses on physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and obesity prevention in children and adults.

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Dr. Neha Gothe, MA, PhD, is a faculty member in the department of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and the director of the exercise psychology lab.

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Dr. Catherine Justice is an integrative physical therapist, IAYT-certified yoga therapist, and the program manager for the Division of Integrative Medicine at Hennepin Healthcare.

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Sat Bir S. Khalsa, PhD, is associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and chief editor of the medical textbook The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care.

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Dr. Patricia Kinser, PhD, WHNP-BC, RN, FAAN, is an Endowed Professor and the Assistant Dean of Research at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Nursing.

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