Yoga Research Foundation (YRF) Activities 2018

In these past two years Yoga Research Foundation forged a new collaboration with Charutar Arogya Mandal (CAM), Karamsad, Gujarat. Moving away from therapeutic research the new focus is on fundamental research. The YRF team comprising of Swami Nirmalananda and Sannyasi Vasundhara made a first visit to the facilities in November 2017. Interest generated by this meeting and all communication between the institutes resulted in Charutar Arogya Mandal procuring new equipment and technology in March 2018 for the planned projects.

In September of 2018, the Charutar Arogya Mandal team ran a pilot study on two of their in-house doctors so as to determine the best modalities and accurate parameters for the proposed study. Currently conversations are in progress between both institutions on finalizing the protocol and other technical aspects of the study. All going as planned, it is likely that the project will commence in 2019.


In 2015, a joint project between Yoga Publications Trust and Yoga Research Foundation was undertaken, to publish all research that has been conducted by YRF in its over thirty years of establishment. The third volume in this set of books was released in 2018 and concentrates on research conducted between the period of 1989 and 2007. It includes studies on the effect of shatkarmas, surya namaskara, pranayama and yoga nidra.