Harvard Health Books

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa PhD

Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD, is the Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute, Research Director of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has been fully engaged in basic and clinical research on the effectiveness of yoga and meditation practices in improving physical and psychological health for over 10 years.  He has also practiced a yoga lifestyle for over 40 years and is a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor. His book Your Brain on Yoga uses scientific studies to show the effects of yoga on the brain.

He has been involved in efficacy studies of yoga for a number of conditions including chronic insomnia and anxiety disorders.  His current studies include clinical trials of yoga for post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic stress and ongoing research funded by the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health evaluating a yoga program within the academic curriculum of public schools to determine the benefits in mental health characteristics such as perceived stress, resilience, emotion regulation and anxiety.

Dr. Khalsa routinely interacts internationally with other yoga researchers and he is actively working with the International Association of Yoga Therapists to promote the field of research on yoga therapy.  For over 5 years he has also been teaching an elective course at Harvard Medical School in Mind-Body Medicine.


  • Yoga
  • Mindfulness and Meditation

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