Dec 23 – 19 INCOFYRA Overall Report

19th  International conference on frontiers in Yoga Research & Its’ Applications [INCOFYRA], 2011,

Held from Dec 20 to 23, 2011 at Prashanthi Kuteeram

Organized by: Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bengaluru

Theme: Yoga for Global Health, Education & Peace


Since 1991, every alternate year VYASA has been conducting International conference on yoga entitled ‘Frontiers in Yoga Research and Its’ Applications.  Each conference has a specific theme.

THEME FOR THE 19TH INCOFYRA: ‘Yoga for Global Health, Education and Peace’.


The conference was structured under three sub themes viz.,

(1) Yoga for Peace

(2) Holistic Health and

(3) Total  Education


  • Ø Pre conference workshops held from Dec 12-19, 2011:
    • Workshop on Yoga therapy led by Dr R Nagarathna and team: 106 patients participated in the workshop
    • Workshop on Dance therapy by Dr Rajan Narayan, USA:
  • Ø Himalaya Olympiad held from Dec 12-15, 2011:
    • Groups from 13 states participated in the Olympiad with 462 participants.
      • Maharashtra won the championship
      • Manipur was the runner up
  • Ø Inauguration: 19th international conference on frontiers in Yoga Research & its Applications was inaugurated on Dec 20, 4:30 pm by Sri Sri Ravishankaraji, Swami Gautamananda ji & Dr Mashelkar. The other dignitaries present were Sri BS Yediyurappa, Former Chief Minister of Karnataka and the Minister for Higher Education Dr VS Acharya.
  • Ø Morning Yoga session: There were several parallel yoga options for the delegates. They are:
    • OM meditation by SVYASA team
    • General yoga by SVYASA team
    • Therapeutic yoga by SVYASA team
    • Satsang by Sri Andrew Cohen, Spiritual Master & Founder, EnlightenNEXT, USA
  • Ø Conference statistics on Technical Sessions:

Scientific Sessions:

Number of Keynote lectures 5
Total no of invited speakers 37
International speakers 9
National speaker 28

Poster and oral presentations:

No of poster presentation 40
No of oral presentation [on selection] 8


Presentation and exhibitions:

  1. SVYASA Research Exhibition- recently published 12 research papers from S-VYASA (2009- 2011),
  2. Yoga Therapy in Arogyadhama
  3. Video show on Different nature cure modalities at Surabhi- Arogyadhama Naturopathy block
  4. Poster presentation on Different state of Consciousness.
  5. Exhibition of Human anatomical models.
  6. Deparment of Naturopathy and Ayurveda served different naturopathy and ayurvedic diet like juice, herbal tea, tri – dosha tea, soups, salads etc.


Statistics on delegates:

  • Total number of national delegates:  547
  • Number of states represented: 20
  • Total number of international delegates: 37
  • Number of countries represented: 11
  • Indian dignitaries: 45
  • International  dignitaries: 30
  • VYASA – SVYASA Alumni: 80
  • Volunteers: 250





December 20

December 21

December 22

6:00 -7:30pm

Satsangh lead by

 Sri Sri Ravishankar ji and

Art of Living Devotees

Venue: Mangal Mandir

5.00 – 6.30 pm

Karnataka Folk Festival


 by Veerabhadraiah  and Team

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Satsangh by

Sri Sri U. Ve. Prasanna Venkatachariar

Chaturvedi Swamigal

Prarthana Mandir

Pashupati – Advanced Yoga Demonstrators Group & Omkara – Choir and Orchestra performance

By Pourtugese Yoga Confederation led by Amrta Suryananda Maharaj

Venue: Mangal Mandir

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Satsangh by

Mr. Andrew Cohen

Founder, EnlightenNext, Boston, USA

Venue: Prarthana Mandir

7:30 – 8:25pm




8:30 – 10:00pm Dance Ballet on “Vishwa Yogi  Swami Vivekananda” by Chakra Dance Group led by Shanta Baskar,  Singapore

Venue: Mangal Mandir

Bharata Darshana: Cultural Programs by Students of S-VYASA, Bengaluru

Venue: Mangal Mandir

Dharma Bhumi Dance Drama: Prabhat Kalavidaru Sri Venkateshacharya and Group

Venue: Mangal Mandir


  • A DAY LONG RETREAT BY Sri Andrew Cohenji on Dec 24, 2011
  • A week long workshop on Yoga therapy led by Dr Nagarathna from Dec 24-30, 2011