Patanjali-Research-Foundation-title
22/12/2014

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 159 research publications related to the above mentioned areas of research in journals indexed in international bibliographic databases [such as Medline, PsycLit and others], 16 chapters in books and 3 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 has been an invited speaker at conferences in various parts of India and in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, and the U.S. Dr. Telles is an enthusiastic practitioner of yoga herself. .

Naosekpam Nilkamal Singh M.Sc., Regd. Ph.D. candidate

Nilkamal Singh completed his Master of Science in Yoga from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anushandhana Samsthana (SVYASA), Bengaluru, Karnataka in 2006. He Joined the Department of Yoga Research, Patanjali Research Foundation, in June 2008 as a Senior Research Fellow. Since then he worked on projects such as "Yoga for flood survivors in Bihar" and "Effect of Kapalabhati on heart rate variability and energy expenditure". He has worked as a Senior Research Fellow in a project entitled “Effect of Yoga on Physical, Cognitive and Emotional Development in Children” funded by the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India. He has published 20 research papers in Pubmed/PsycInfo indexed journals, and 1 chapter in a book entitled “Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders - A Multidisciplinary Approach” edited by L. Chaitow, C. Gilbert and D. Morrison. He represented Patanjali Yogpeeth in the Sixth World Congress of Biomechanics, 2010, Singapore, the International Heart Conference, China, 2011 and in the 1stAnnual Anxiety Congress in Masshad, Iran, 2012. His main area of research is to study the effect of yoga on metabolism. He has registered for Ph. D. in yogic science at University of Patanjali..

Mr. Sachin Kumar Sharma

Sachin Kumar Sharma completed his Post-Graduation in Yogic Science (2009-2011) from Uttarakhand Sanskriti University, Haridwar, India. He has been working in the Department of Yoga Research, Patanjali Research Foundation, since 2008. At present, he is working as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Yoga Research. He has worked as Senior Research Fellow in a Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) funded project entitled “Effect of a yoga program on anthropometric and biochemical measures in obese person”. He has published eight research papers in Pubmed indexed journals. His area of research is to study the effect of Pranayamas on autonomic variables..

Abhishek Kumar Bhardwaj Ph.D.

Abhishek Kr. Bhardwaj completed his Post graduation and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Dev Sanskriti University, Shantikunj, Haridwar, India.The doctorate degree was awarded in 2012. He completed one year PG Diploma in Yogic Science as well as Master of Arts in Yoga and Holistic Health from Uttarakhand Open University, Haldwani, Uttarakhand in 2014. At present, he is working as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Yoga Research. He has completed two projects entitled (i) “Effect of Yoga on Physical, Cognitive and Emotional Development in Children” funded by CCRYN, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India and (ii) “Yoga for herniated lumbar disc”, a joint trial of Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar and the Yoga Biomedical Trust, United Kingdom. He has published 7 research papers in national and international indexed journals and co-authored a book on the scientific basis of Pranayama. He has presented his research in 8 national and international Conferences. He has five years of experience in research and his main area of research is yoga and psychological health. .

Ms. Arti Yadav

Arti Yadav completed her post graduation in Yogic Science and Holistic Health (2007-2009) from Dev Sanskriti University, Shantikunj, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India. She joined Patanjali Research Foundation in 2009. At present, she is working as a Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Yoga Research. She has worked as Junior Research Fellow in a project entitled “Effect of Yoga Program on Anthropometric and Biochemical measures in Obese Persons” funded by the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN), Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India since March, 2010. She has published eight research papers in Pubmed indexed journals. Her main area of research is Yoga and Neuropsychology..

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

Ram Kumar Gupta completed his post graduation in Clinical Psychology (2008-2010) from Dev Sanskriti University, Shantikunj, Haridwar, India. He joined the Department of Yoga Research, Patanjali Research Fopundation, in November 2010 as a Junior Research Fellow. 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 has published three research papers in Pubmed 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 neurophysiology..

Shivangi Pathak M.Sc., Regd. Ph.D. candidate

Shivangi Pathak completed her post graduation in Yogic Science and Holistic Health (2008-2010) from Dev Sanskriti University, Shantikunj, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India. She joined the Department of Yoga Research, Patanjali Research Foundation, in November 2010 as a Junior Research Fellow. She has registered for Ph.D. in Yogic Science at the University of Patanjali. She has published 2 research papers in Pubmed indexed journals. She is working on a project entitled “Cardio-respiratory variables during two yoga breathing practices (Alternate nostril yoga breathing and meditative breathing)”. Her main area of research is to study the effect of yoga on cardio-respiratory variables as well as memory tasks..

Mr. Ankur Tyagi

Ankur Kumar Tyagi completed his post graduation in human consciousness and yogic science in 2009 from Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar, India. He has worked as a Yoga Teacher in a CCRYN, New Delhi funded project entitled “Effect of Yoga on Physical, Cognitive and Emotional Development in Children” since March, 2010, he has also taught yoga for patients with back pain in a project entitled “Yoga and herniated lumbar disc” a joint project of Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India and the Yoga Biomedical Trust, U.K...

Mr. Prabhat Mishra

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