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Research at Yoga Alliance with Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa

Yoga Alliance's work in highlighting the efficacy of the practice of yoga takes form as an ever-growing multi-faceted library of the current, applicable, and relevant yoga research on health, wellness, and disease. The curation of this research and its powerful findings is thanks to Director of Yoga Research, Dr. Sat Bir S. Khalsa.


Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa


A yoga practitioner since 1971, Dr. Khalsa’s journey led him to becoming a Research Associate at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, a Research Affiliate at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Additionally, Dr. Khalsa serves as the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, a medical editor of the Harvard Medical School Special Report, “An Introduction to Yoga,” the chief editor of the medical textbook, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care, and the chair of the scientific program committee for the annual Symposium on Yoga Research.

Dr. Khalsa has committed his professional life to clinical research surrounding yoga’s full spectrum of healing efficacy and to sharing his findings with the broader yoga and medicine communities. This includes a particularly engaged focus on clinical research trials evaluating yoga interventions for insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic stress, and anxiety in both public school and occupational settings.

Yoga Alliance is honored Dr. Khalsa has offered his wisdom and expertise to help support our members in supporting and fostering high quality, safe, accessible, and equitable yoga teaching.

To further explore the on-going evolution of Yoga Alliance’s research efforts and all of its findings, follow one of the three categories below.

Basic Research

Disease and Disorders

Special Populations

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