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Webinar on Science of Pranayama – 1-15 June 2023

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The Department of Sports Science and Yoga, School of Rehabilitation and Sports Sciences, RKMVERI (Deemed University), Belur Math is organizing a fifteen day webinar series on the topic “Science of Pranayama” sponsored by Inter University Centre for Yogic Sciences, Bengaluru, which will cover topics on classical scriptural basis of pranayama as well as modern scientific evidence on the health benefits of pranayama.

This webinar series of 15 lectures covering various aspects of pranayama in special reference to the scriptural basis of pranayama, as well as evidence based modern scientific basis of pranayam, both from the point of theory and practice, based on our ancient authentic scriptures as well as modern scientific (neuro-physiological and cardiological evidence). We have drawn speakers from a large pool of competent monks of Ramakrishna Order available at our University and those elsewhere in India and abroad, scientists (neuro, cardiological, physiological, psychological, etc.), Psychiatrists and medical doctors.

Webinar Schedule

Time: 6 pm – 7 pm

Note: The webinar will be streamed on the RKMVERI – Indian Spiritual Heritage Unit YouTube Channel

Module 1: Scriptural basis of Pranayama
Date Title/Topic Name of resource persons Affiliation
1 June Inauguration of the webinar Swami Atmapriyananda Pro Chancellor, RKMVERI
Scientific basis of pranayama B N Gangadhar President, National Medical Commission
2 June Fundamental concepts of classical pranayama Dr O P Tiwari Former Director, Kaivalyadhama
3 June Swami Vivekananda’s ideas on prana and pranayama Swami Atmarupananda Minister in charge, Centre Vedantique Ramakrishna, Gretz, France
4 June Prano virat—‘Life is immense’ (Rabindranath Tagore) Swami Atmapriyananda Pro Chancellor, RKMVERI
5 June Insights on Pranayama from Jytosna Commentary of Hathayogapradeepika Dr. Jayaraman Mahadevan Professor & Dean, Division of Yoga and Spirituality, SVYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru
6 June Essentials of Pranayama S Sridharan Senior Trustee, KYM Chennai
8 June Hindu concept of breath and the esoteric theory of pranayama Swami Vidyapradananda Head, Department of Sports Science and Yoga, RKMVERI
13 June Dimensions of Pranayama in Vedanta Swami Japasiddhananda Head, Department of Sanskrit & Philosophy,RKMVERI
Module II: Scientific basis of pranayama
7 June Effects of pranayama on Anxiety, Affect, and Brain Functional Connectivity Draulio Barros de Araujo Brain Institute, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, Brazil
9 June Cardiorespiratory and Endocrine Mechanisms Behind the Effectiveness of Pranayama Dr Angarai Ganesan Ramakrishnan Professor of Electrical Engineering ·and associate faculty of Centre for Neuroscience Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru
10 June Effects of Pranayama on Brain Structure & Function Dr Shubhadip Paul Assistant Professor, Department of Sports Science and Yoga, RKMVERI
11 June ‘Power of pranayama: The science of breathing’ Dr Indranil Basu Ray MD, DNB (Card), FACP, FACC Chairman American Academy for Yoga and Meditation, Tennessee, USA
12 June Yoga and Pranayama in Neurological Rehabilitation: Current Evidence Dr. Anupam Gupta. MBBS, MD Professor & Head, Department of Neurological Rehabilitation, NIMHANS Bangalore
14 June Understanding Pranayama and its scientific mechanism of action Dr Hemant Bhargava MBBS, MD (Yoga & Rehabilitation), MSc (Psychology), PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Medicine, NIMHANS Bangalore
15 June Valedictory session Swami Sarvottamananda Vice-Chancellor, RKMVERI


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