Interview with Sat Bir Singh Khalsa

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D. has been fully engaged in basic and clinical research on the effectiveness of yoga and meditation practices in improving physical and psychological health since 2001. He has practiced a yoga lifestyle since 1971 and is a certified instructor in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

He is the Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute, Research Director for the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Research Associate at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

He has conducted clinical research trials evaluating yoga treatments for insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic stress, and anxiety disorders.  At the center of his interest, is an evaluation of the benefits of yoga within the academic curriculum of public schools.  He is also conducting research evaluating the benefits of yoga in occupational settings.

Dr. Khalsa works with the International Association of Yoga Therapists to promote research on yoga therapy as the chair of the scientific program committee for the annual Symposium on Yoga Research and as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. He has two Harvard Medical School publications, as author of the ebook “Your Brain on Yoga”, and medical editor of “An Introduction to Yoga”.  He is chief editor of the medical textbook “The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care”.