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Symposium on Yoga Research Preconference and Conference

For researchers, clinicians, integrative healthcare professionals, yoga therapists, and psychology and education professionals interested in 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 2020 is a single-track academic research meeting that includes three keynote presentations 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.

Keynote Speakers

  • Paul Mills
  • Ruth Q. Wolever


  • Beth Bock
  • Anne Cox
  • Erik Groessl
  • Jojo Y. Y. Kwok
  • Dianne Neumark-Sztainer
  • Kim Innes

Scientific Committee

  • Sat Bir S. Khalsa
  • Crystal L. Park
  • Jennifer Webb
  • Lisa Uebelacker
  • Chris Streeter

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 24; acceptance notifications will be sent by August 5. If your poster abstract is accepted, you must register for the conference by August 26.

Preconference (optional)

Yoga Research 101
Issues in Yoga Research Methodology
October 19, 1:00–4:30 pm
Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Crystal L. Park, Jennifer Webb, Lisa Uelacker, Chris Streeter
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.


Preconference: $100
Conference: $450, plus room and meals
Total for both: $550, plus room and meals

Housing Discounts
All registrants for this program receive a 15 percent housing discount.

Tuition Discounts Current IAYT members receive a $100 tuition discount. Graduate students at accredited institutions receive a $100 tuition discount. These discounts can be combined. To receive these discounts, please call Kripalu Registration for rates and to register: 800.200.5203

Shuttle Service

Special shuttle services are available per the following schedule:

  • Monday, October 19
    • Albany Airport to Kripalu 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm
    • Wassaic Train Station to Kripalu 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 21
    • Kripalu to Albany Airport 12:00 pm and 3:30 pm
    • Kripalu to Wassaic Train Station 2:30 pm

Program at a Glance

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Paul Mills, PhD, is professor of family medicine and public health, director of the Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health, and interim chief of the division of behavioral medicine at the University of California San Diego.

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Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD, NBC-HWC, is the interim director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt, director of Vanderbilt Health Coaching, and associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Beth Bock, PhD, serves as a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, professor of behavioral and social sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health, and is a research scientist at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Anne Cox, PhD, Med, is an associate professor of sport and exercise psychology in the kinesiology program at Washington State University and codirector of their Psychology of Physical Activity Lab.

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Erik Groessl, PhD, associate professor at the University of California San Diego, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, also studies yoga for chronic back pain.

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Jojo Y. Y. Kwok, PhD, MPH, RN, is a registered nurse, yoga instructor, and research assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong School of Nursing.

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Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD, RYT-500, focuses on a broad spectrum of eating and weight-related outcomes including eating disorders, unhealthy weight control behaviors, body image, dietary intake, weight stigmatization, and obesity.

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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 Kripalu.

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Crystal L. Park, PhD, is professor of clinical psychology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Her research focuses on multiple aspects of coping and adjustment to stressful events, including traumatic events and life-threatening illnesses.

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Jennifer Webb is an associate professor in the department of psychological science and a core member of the health psychology PhD program’s clinical faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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

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Chris Streeter, MD, an associate professor of psychiatry and neurology director of functional neuroimaging at Boston University School of Medicine.

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