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Symposium on Yoga Research Preconference and Conference

For researchers, clinicians, integrative health-care 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. This is copresented by the International Association of Yoga Therapists and Kripalu.

SYR 2019 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

  • Dean Ornish
  • Elisa Kozasa
  • Helen Lavretsky


  • Cynthia L. Battle
  • Peter J. Bayley
  • Holger Cramer
  • Crystal L. Park
  • Danilo Santaella
  • Jennifer Webb

Scientific Program Committee

  • Sat Bir S. Khalsa
  • Diane Neumark-Sztainer
  • Stephanie Jean Sohl
  • Lisa Uebleacker
  • 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 26; acceptance notifications will be sent by August 7. If your poster abstract is accepted, you must register for the conference by August 28. Find out more.

Preconference (optional)

Yoga Research 101
Issues in Yoga Research Methodology
October 21, 1:00–4:30 pm
Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Diane Neumark-Sztainer, Stephanie Jean Sohl, Lisa Uebleacker, and 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 21
    • Albany Airport to Kripalu 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm
    • Wassaic Train Station to Kripalu 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 23
    • Kripalu to Albany Airport 12:00 pm and 3:30 pm
    • Kripalu to Wassaic Train Station 2:30 pm

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Dean Ornish, MD, is the founder and president of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and the author of six best-selling books.

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Elisa Kozasa, PhD, has been studying the psychophysiology of meditation, yoga, and tai chi as well as performance training and well-being since 2002,

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Helen Lavretsky, MD, MS, is a professor in-residence, the Semel scholar in integrative mental health, and the director of late life mood, stress, and wellness research program at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

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Cynthia L. Battle, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher based at Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Peter J. Bayley, PhD, is director of research at the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center at VA Palo Alto, and associate professor (affiliated) in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University.

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Holger Cramer, PhD, is research director at the department of internal and integrative medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

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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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Danilo Forghieri Santaella is one of the first researchers in yoga physiology of Brazil, working with yoga teaching and research at the University of São Paulo.

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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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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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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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Stephanie Sohl, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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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 at Boston University School of Medicine, is the director of functional neuroimaging for the department of psychiatry and the Boston Yoga Research Center at Boston University School of Medicine.

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