Anvesana

Research wing of VYASA

Following the path breaking work in evaluating the therapeutic use of yoga in the management of bronchial asthma in 1984, the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation was recognized as a Scientific & Industrial Research Organization [SIRO] from the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India in the year 1988. The scientific accomplishments thereafter and the disciplined education based on the science and philosophy of yoga resulted in receiving University affiliations leading to a doctoral level program in yoga & allied sciences under the Faculty of Science, Bangalore University, and subsequently getting the recognition as a Deemed-to-be University by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, through the University Grants Commission in the year 2002. Currently, the parent organization, Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (Research Foundation) [VYASA] sponsors the University, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (Research Foundation) [SVYASA]. SVYASA has published 152 research papers in national and international journals. Also SVYASA is equipped with a 200 bedded yoga therapy hospital.

The Govt. of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Department of AYUSH has accorded the status of Center of Excellence in Yoga for S-VYASA. SVYASA has been designated as Center of Excellence in yoga and the Research Department is designated at the ICMR Center for Advanced Research in Yoga and Neurophysiology (ICMR CAR Y & N).

 

Objectives of Anvesana:

NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL CORRELATES OF PHASES OF WAKEFULNESS AND SLEEP IN MEDITATORS

RESEARCH:

  • Neurophysiological correlates across the neural axis (Evoked Potentials)
  • Blood flow changes using fMRI
  • Sleep architecture in meditators and non-meditators

TRAINING:

A one-month long annual residential training program on ‘Basic Understanding of Yoga Techniques and Training in Neurophysiological Techniques Relevant to Yoga Research’

DISSEMINATION:

Research dissemination and exploring applications of meditation research

DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY COGNITIVE SCIENCE RESEARCH INITIATIVE (DST – CSI), GOVT OF INDIA

Principal Investigator: Dr. Shirley Telles

Co- Principal Investigator: Dr. Naveen K.V.

Period: 2010 – 2013

 

MAPPING NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL, NEUROCHEMICAL AND CEREBRAL BLOOD FLOW CHANGES IN ATTENTIONAL PROCESSES RELATED TO YOGA

  • Event related potentials [ERPs] while performing attention tasks
  • Event related fMRI during attentional task related to yoga
  • Neurochemical changes induced by the practice of cyclic meditation (nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy [NMRS])
  • Correlate the electrical, neurochemical and cerebral blood flow changes in attentional processes related to yoga

DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY COGNITIVE SCIENCE RESEARCH INITIATIVE (DST – CSI), GOVT OF INDIA

Principal Investigator: Dr. Shirley Telles

Co- Principal Investigator: Dr. Naveen K.V.

Period: 2010 – 2013

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Physiological effects of yoga practices
  • Therapeutic applications of yoga
  • Yoga for rehabilitation
  • Yoga for perception and performance
  • Higher states of consciousness

 

Laboratory Set Up:

  • EEG and Evoked Potentials
  • Autonomic & Respiratory Variables
  • High density 128 Channels EEG
  • Polysomnography
  • Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy
  • Integrative Cell Biology
  • Psychology
  • Bio-field energy

RECOGNITIONS:

  • Scientific and Industrial Research Organization [SIRO]
  • ICMR Center for Advanced Research in Yoga and Neurophysiology [ICMR CAR Y & N]
  • Center for Excellence in Yoga [AYUSH]
  • Ramalingaswami Fellowship

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • International Journal of Yoga (IJOY) – the first yoga journal in PubMed
  • 168 Research Publications
  • 17 Ph.D’s.
  • 18 International Conferences
  • 15 Funded Projects
  • DST – FIST supported lab

The linkages for research in the faculty of Yoga and Allied Sciences are 29:

 I. International Collaborations

  1.  East Tennessee State University, USA
  2. MD Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas, USA.
  3. Memorial Hospital, Department of Complementary Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
  4. Central Michigan University, USA.
  5. The Center for International Mental Health School of Population Health, the University of Melbourne, Australia
  6. Japan Vivekananda Yoga Kendra, Yonago, Japan.
  7. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
  8. KWA Kuratorium Wohnen im Alter gaG, Munich.
  9. Health Synergies, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
  10. H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Centre & Research Institute, Tampa, USA.
  11. The Perrott-Warrick Project, supported by the Perrott-Warrick Fund, Administered by Trinity College, Cambridge. U.K
  12. Republic Polytechnic, Singapore.
  13. Alexander group, Taipei, Taiwan.
  14. Jayamangala Inc. Lanham, Maryland, USA.
  15. Wellpark College, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand.
  16. Allergy Asthma Associates, Mysore, India and International Asthma Services, Colorado, USA.

II. National Collaborations

  1. National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore.
  2. Andaman & Nicobar Administration
  3. Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore
  4. S N Sinha Institute of Business Management, Ranchi, Jharkhand.
  5. Koin, Consulting (P) LTD, Bangalore.
  6. AM Charitable Trust, Hyderabad.
  7. The Zamorin’s Guruvayurappan College, Calicut, Kerala.
  8. Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bangalore.
  9. JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Mysore.
  10. Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.
  11. Ghantali Mitra Mandal, Thane, Maharashtra.
  12. Chaitanya Vedagama Patashala, Bangalore.
  13. M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore.

ANVESANA RESEARCH STAFF:

Professor & Head: Shirley Telles, M.B., B. S., M.Phil., Ph.D., D. Sc. (Hon.). ICMR CAR Y & N, SVYASA, Bangalore

Associate Professor & Joint Director: Naveen K.V., B.N.Y.S., Ph.D., ICMR CAR Y & N, Dept. of Yoga & Biosciences, SVYASA, Bangalore

Associate Professor & Joint Director: Manjunath N.K., B.N.Y.S., Ph.D., Dept. of Yoga & Biosciences, SVYASA, Bangalore

Assistant Professor & Scientist – II: Subramanya Pailoor., M.Sc., Ph.D., ICMR CAR Y & N, Dept. of Yoga & Biosciences, SVYASA, Bangalore.

Scientist – I:

Lija George, B.Tech., ICMR CAR Y & N, Dept. of Yoga & Biosciences, SVYASA, Bangalore

Raghavendra Bhat, M.Sc., Regd., Ph.D. candidate, ICMR CAR Y & N, Dept. of Yoga & Biosciences, SVYASA, Bangalore

Suhas Vinchurkar, B.N.Y.S., Regd., Ph.D. candidate, Dept. of Yoga & Biosciences, SVYASA, Bangalore

Deepeshwar Singh, M.Sc., Regd., Ph.D. candidate, ICMR CAR Y & N, Dept. of Yoga & Biosciences, SVYASA, Bangalore

EEG Technician: Varsha C Shekhar, Dept. of Yoga & Biosciences, SVYASA, Bangalore

Data Entry Operator: Mounesh Yadav, Dept. of Yoga & Biosciences, SVYASA, Bangalore

Lab Assistant: Basavaraj Angadi, Venkatesh J

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