Yoga as therapy and its role in public & community health

Panel discussion

Time:05:30 pm

When and Where

Date:Wednesday 22 March 2017
Time:06:30 pm
Organizer: ICCR
Location: London

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This International convention, approved by the Federation of Royal College of Physicians of United Kingdom, will explore yoga’s role in public and community health and it’s potential in promoting disease prevention, good physical and mental health of individuals and communities. Presenters will explore yoga in medical and academic settings, present seminal works, advances, accomplishments and discuss transformational elements of yoga in practice, therapy and research.


Dr Kausthub Desikachar is the co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation and a senior yoga therapist. Dr Desikachar have been studying yoga since he was 9 years old under the guidance of his teacher and father TKV Desikachar and started teaching at the age of 13. He is currently an advisor to many Yoga Therapy schools & also Platinum Hospital, Mumbai. He is also an Adjunct Faculty for Yoga Therapy at Council for Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER) at the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry. He is also in the Editorial Board of Annals of Yoga and Physical Therapy. He has also authored and co-authored numerous books on yoga. 

Dr Karen Pilkington is Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth (previously Senior Research Fellow at the University of Westminster). She joined University of Westminster as project manager for a 4-year Department of Health funded project to identify and review the evidence on complementary therapies in a range of conditions. This resulted in a series of publications and an online database, with a subset of papers forming the basis of a PhD by publication. The work from this project contributed to the development of the National electronic Library for Complementary and Alternative Medicine which subsequently became part of the NHS Evidence service. Subsequently, her research has focused on the presentation, evaluation and interpretation of research evidence; conducting systematic reviews; reporting of safety in healthcare. Her specialist areas of interest are anxiety and depression, cancer, chronic conditions, complementary therapies and self-care interventions. Current projects include a survey of yoga practice in the UK and several reviews including a Cochrane review of yoga in low back pain. 

Dr C Bernard Colaço is an experienced Rheumatologist with a strong research base in the immunopathology of Rheumatic Diseases. He conducted and published the initial studies in Anti-Phospholipid antibodies at Hammersmith Hospital and Middlesex Hospital in the early 1980’s leading to a massive interest in international research in SLE and APLS, with all the basic principles covered in his pivotal studies. He has championed patient involvement in care throughout his career and established a Patient Led Self Help Group in 1998, which is leading in Patient Public Participation and Collaborative Research. He has undertaken Patient led surveys and audits and is promoting Yoga Therapy as a means to reduce medication and medical intervention at a local health service level, with plans for RCT trials in yoga for low back pain. He is also the Academic Patron for the Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation.

Vidhi Sohdi is founder of mi-yoga; senior Yoga Therapist; Hon Research assistant at the Central Middlesex Hospital conducting yoga therapy research; and In-Service Tutor for BWY. She is a published writer for Diabetes Update, Om magazine, Holistic Therapist magazine, The Times of Malta on topics of yoga therapy. She works alongside consultants and GP’s across West London delivering yoga therapy to patients to complement patient care. She has also conducted yoga research with University of Westminster to study effects of yoga therapy on quality of life.

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