Department for Science and Technology in India Announces Funding for 16 Yoga Research Projects

Yoga studies being funded in India.

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Great news to share with you! The Department for Science and Technology, which was established in 1971 with the objective of promoting new areas of science & technology in India, is funding 16 yoga research projects. The remit is to study the efficacy of yoga and whether it has a role in alleviating stroke, type-2 diabetes, Parkinson’s and schizophrenia.

After it advertised for research proposals last August, the department got over 700 which it shortlisted to 16 for the first year. “We’ve had a tremendous response,” said Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, “but we’ve been highly selective and made it clear that [results] should be publishable in the top international journals.”

SATYAM, an acronym for Science and Technology of Yoga and Medicine, has been conceived to develop good science around yoga. We shall be sharing their findings with you as they are this space!

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS