Research-Based Perspectives on the Psychophysiology of Yoga

Research-Based Perspectives on the Psychophysiology of Yoga

Shirley Telles (Patanjali Research Foundation, India) and Nilkamal Singh (Patanjali Research Foundation, India)
Indexed In: PsycINFO®
Release Date: August, 2017|Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 456
ISBN13: 9781522527886|ISBN10: 1522527885|EISBN13: 9781522527893|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2788-6


Yoga has evolved into a popular fitness practice across the globe. With the various schools of practice, it is imperative for practitioners to study both traditional texts and emerging scientific research in this area.

Research-Based Perspectives on the Psychophysiology of Yoga is a unique reference source for the latest academic material on the physiological effects of yoga and cultivating a deeper understanding of yoga practice through the intersection of traditional texts and contemporary research. Including a range of topics such as occupational health, neurobiology, and women’s health, this book is ideally designed for professionals, practitioners, students, educators, and academics interested in the effects, challenges, and benefits of yoga practice.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Breathing Regulation
  • Heart Disease
  • Neurobiology
  • Obesity
  • Occupational Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Yoga Postures

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Shirley Telles has a degree in conventional medicine (MBBS) and a MPhil and PhD in Neuurophysiology at the National Institute of Mental of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India. For both MPhil and PhD her theses were on the effects of yoga practice and their applications in health and rehabilitation. Dr. Telles received a Fulbright fellowship in 1998 to assess fMRI in meditators at the University of Florida. Later Dr. Telles was awarded the first ever Indian Council of Medical Research Center for Advanced Research to assess the effects of meditation through autonomic and respiratory variables, evoked and event related potentials, polysomnography and fMRI. From 2007 Dr. Telles has been the Director of a research foundation committed to researching the effects of Yoga and Ayurveda (Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India). Dr. Telles has 152 publications related to yoga, most of them appear in PubMed, the others appear in PsycLit or similar databases. Dr. Telles is an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga herself and believes that yoga research can positively impact all aspects of life.
Nilkamal Singh at present is pursuing Ph.D. in yoga science, conducting scientific research on the psychophysiological effects of various yoga practices. Published 25 papers in pubMed indexed journals.