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19/10/2018

About us

Brief Bio-Sketch of the Founder
H.H. Swami Ramdevji

Swami Ramdev has an extraordinary following in India and outside India, as a well known proponent of Yoga including pranayama. Swami Ramdev is the Founder and Head of Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar, north India. He teaches and reaches out to several hundred thousand people per month through his very well attended yoga camps as well. Also each day Swami Ramdev’s yoga practice sessions are aired on satellite television and viewed both nationally and internationally. These programs are extremely popular as Swami Ramdev keeps people of all ages, occupations, and from both urban and rural areas, interested and enthusiastic throughout the yoga sessions. Swami Ramdev has a vast indepth knowledge of the yoga texts and is well versed in Sanskrit grammar, Ayurveda and Vedic Philosophy and is a strong proponent of Indian cultural values. He is the Chancellor of the University of Patanjali-Haridwar, for life. This is a University established by an Act of State legislature. Through the Bharat Swabhiman movement Swami Ramdev has spread values to transform society for the better, in camps conducted all over India. This has made a tremendous impact on people across the country..

Brief Bio-Sketch of the Co-founder
H.H. Acharya Balkrishnaji

Acharya Balkrishna is the Chairman of Divya Pharmacy, the Ayurvedic wing of Divya Yog Mandir and Patanjali Yogpeeth. The Ayurvedic treatment and research both in Yoga and Ayurveda are being carried on under the supervision of Acharya Balkrishna. Acharya Balkrishna has studied in depth the ‘Charak Samahita’, ‘Ashtang Hriday’, ‘Bhaysajya Ratnavali’ and other such Ayurvedic compilations. Over several hundred thousand people annually receive treatment from Acharya Balkrishna. Acharya Balkrishna is the General Secretary of Divya Yog Mandir Trust and Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Patanjali. Acharya Balkrishna’s television programs on the use of commonly found plants to treat common ailments are extremely popular, as are his discourses on ayurveda. Through these programs Acharya Balkrishna has revived the interest in using plants for medicinal purposes and also the interest in ayurveda throughout India and in other countries as well..

Brief Bio-Sketch of the Director
Dr. Shirley Telles

Shirley Telles completed M.B.B.S. and subsequently M.Phil and Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from the National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences [NIMHANS], Bangalore, India. Dr. Telles directs research at Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India. She has 161 research publications related to the above mentioned areas of research in journals indexed in international bibliographic databases [such as Medline, PsycLit and others], 18 chapters in books and 4 published books. She received an award from The Indian Council of Medical Research, The John Templeton Foundation (www.templeton.org), U.S.A. (January, 2002), and a Fulbright Fellowship (J.William Fulbright Foundation, U.S.A) to study “Functional magnetic resonance imaging in meditators”. Dr. Telles is an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga herself..


Mr. Sachin Kumar Sharma

Sachin Kumar Sharma completed his Post-Graduation in Yoga Science in 2009-2011. At present he is working as a Scientist C at Patanjali Research Foundation. He has worked as a Senior Research Fellow in a project entitled “Effect of a yoga program on anthropometric and biochemical measures in obese persons” funded by the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India. He has also worked as a Research Associate in a project entitled “Effect of specific yoga breathing techniques on measures of attention and arousal” funded by the Department of Science and Technology under the scheme Science and Technology of Yoga and Meditation (SATYAM). He has coordinated a Nationwide Campaign for the management of obesity through yoga in 2016. He has published 17 research papers in Pubmed/PsycInfo indexed journals, and 2 chapters in book. He was awarded Sushila Thakker Prakruti Mandir Prize for best research investigation in the field of Yoga & Natural Medicine for 2016 in APPI-conference. His main area of research is to study the therapeutic benefits of yoga. He has registered for Ph.D in yogic science at University of Patanjali. .

Ram Kumar Gupta M.Sc., Regd. Ph.D. candidate
Ram Kumar Gupta

Ram Kumar Gupta completed his post graduation in Clinical Psychology (2008-2010) from Dev Sanskriti University, Shantikunj, Haridwar, India. He has completed his post graduation in Yoga and Holistic Health also. At present he is working as a Scientist C in Patanjali Research Foundation. He joined the department in 2010. He has worked as a Research Associate (RA-II) in a project entitled “Research based yoga modules for military personnel to adapt to special environments” funded by Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS). He has worked on a project entitled “Yoga and herniated lumbar disc”, a joint trial of Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India and the Yoga Biomedical Trust, U.K. He joined the Department of Yoga Research, Patanjali Research Foundation, in November 2010 as a Junior Research Fellow. He has published 21 research papers in indexed journals. He has registered for Ph. D. in Psychology (“The effect of Yoga and Guided Imagery on Aggression and Self Esteem among Juvenile Delinquents”) at University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. His main area of research is yoga and psychophysiology..

Mr. Ankur Kumar

Ankur Kumar completed his post graduation in Human Conciousness and Yogic Science (2007-2009) from Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India. He joined Patanjali Research Foundation, in April 2017 as a scientist-C. He has published 5 research papers in Pubmed indexed journals. He has worked as a yoga teacher in a project entitled “Effect of yoga on Physical, Cognitive and Emotional Development in children” funded by CCRYN, Ministry of health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India. He has presented his research in 6 national and international conferences..

Babita Vishwakarma

Babita Vishwakarma has completed her post graduation in yoga science from the University of Patanjali, Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India in 2012. She joined the Patanjali Research Foundation in May, 2016 as an assistant scientist. At present, she is working on two institutional funded projects – 1. “Nationwide obesity management program through yoga” and, 2. “Effects of alternate nostril yoga breathing on a performance task”. ..

Kumar Gandharva

Kumar Gandharva has completed his post graduation in yoga science from the University of Patanjali, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India in 2016. He joined the Patanjali Research Foundation in June, 2016 as an assistant scientist. He has worked as a junior research fellow in a project entitled “Research based yoga modules for military personnel to adapt to special environments” funded by Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS).At present, he is working on two institutional funded projects – 1.“Nationwide obesity management program through yoga” and, 2. “Effect of cooling pranayama on body temperature in healthy individuals”..

Savita Agnihotri

Savita Agnihotri has completed her post graduation from the University of Patanjali, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India in 2013. She joined the Patanjali Research Foundation on May, 2016 as an Assistant Scientist. At present, she is working on two institutional funded projects – 1.“Nationwide obesity management program through yoga” and, 2. “Correlation between heart rate variability and STAI”. She has one research publication. Her main area of research is yoga and autonomic variables..

Sushma Pal

Sushma Pal completed her post graduation in yoga science from the University of Patanjali, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India in 2014. She joined the Patanjali Research Foundation in May, 2016 as an Assistant Scientist. At present, she is working on two projects – 1. Nationwide obesity management program through yoga and 2. Effect of ‘OM-chanting’ on neural activities in human brain. She is a registered PhD scholar in yoga science at University of Patanjali. She has published four research papers. Her main area of research is yoga and neurophysiology..

Alok Singh

Alok Singh completed his post graduation in yoga science in 2016 from University of Patanjali Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India. He joined Patanjali Research Foundation on august 2016 as an Assistant Scientist. At present, he is working on two projects – 1. “Nationwide obesity management program through yoga” and 2. The physiological effects of pranayamas involving uni and bilateral nostril breathing. He is a registered PhD scholar in yoga science at University of Patanjali. He has published one research papers. .

Deepshikha Tyagi

Deepshikha Tyagi completed her post graduation in clinical psychology from Dev Sanskriti University, Haridwar, Uttarakhand. She has also completed one year PG Diploma in Yogic Science from Dev Sanskriti University, Haridwar, Uttarakhand. She joined Patanjali research foundation on August 2016 as an Assistant Scientist. At present, she is working on two projects – 1. Nationwide obesity management program through yoga and 2. Mental well-being and perception of illness before and after yoga practices among in-patient department patients. She is a registered PhD scholar in Psychology at HNB Garhwal University, Uttarakhand. Her main area of research is psychological variables associated with yogic practices..

Niranjan Kala

Niranjan Kala completed his post graduation in yoga science from University of Patanjali, Uttarakhand, India in 2016. He joined Patanjali Research Foundation in August 2016 as an Assistant Scientist. At present, he is working as a junior research fellow on a project entitled, “Effects of yoga breathing (pranayamas) on measures of attention and arousal” funded by Dept of Science and Technology (Govt of India) till August 2018. He is a registered PhD scholar in yoga science at University of Patanjali. He has published six research papers. His main area of research is yoga and neurophysiology..

Deepak Kumar Pal

Deepak Kumar Pal completed his master in Neuroscience from Jiwaji University Gwalior (M.P), India in 2008. He joined Patanjali Research Foundation, in February 2016 as an Assistant Scientist. At present, he is working on two institutional funded projects: (i) Relationship between anxiety, depression and symptoms of diseases in a patient’s population, and (ii) Effect of Anulom vilom pranayama (ANYB) on attention and arousal of aged population. .

Aditi Gupta

Aditi has completed her graduation and post graduation in yoga science from Patanjali University, Haridwar, Uttrakhand. Her dissertation was on “The effect of yoga on general well-being”. She joined Patanjali Research Foundation on August 2018 as an Assistant Scientist..

Vikas Upadhyay

Vikas Upadhyay completed his post graduation in Yoga Science from University of Patanjali, Haridwar. His dissertation was on “Yogic remedy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome”. He joined Patanjali Research Foundation on August 2018 as an Assistant Scientist..

Prabhat Mishra

Prabhat Kumar Mishra completed his graduation 1994 -1996 from Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University, Faizabad, India. He is working in Patanjali Research Foundation since 2008 as an office assistant..