Research Findings

Incorporate Anvesana Research Lab The Molecular biology lab has instruments to interrogate physiological...

Research Findings

Incorporate Anvesana Research Lab

The Molecular biology lab has instruments to interrogate physiological changes from the level of genes to cellular level and all the way up to organismal level.
For gene expression studies we have procured the state of the art Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) machine Ion Torrent™, along with a high through-put system of Microarrays for cost effective exploration of functionalities like gene expression, methylation patterns, miRNA and epigenetic features. At the cellular level, protein localization, surface marker distribution, cell morphology & anatomy can be studied using BD FACSVerse™ flow cytometer. Complementing the flow cytometer in cell biology studies is the Fluorescent Microscope, EVOS®FL. Cell biology and molecular biology research frequently will have to go through the steps of cloning, being taken care of by instruments like VERITI® thermal cycler, Neon® transfection system along with accessory instruments like CO2 incubator, Bio-safety cabinet, inverted microscope to name a few. For biochemical studies the assembled instruments include a HPLC for protein purification, 2-D electrophoresis for evaluating protein expression, chemiluminescent documentation system for imaging, fully automatic Biochemistry Analyzer for metabolite analysis in addition to the PAGE and Western Blotting systems. Also worth mentioning are instruments like NanoDrop®, a spectrophotometer for measuring concentration of DNA/RNA/protein/labelled dyes and 2100 Bio analyser for checking quality of DNA/RNA/protein.

Psychophysiology Laboratory

Psychophysiology is the branch of psychology that is concerned with the physiological basis of psychological processes. While psychophysiology was a general broad field of research in the 1960s and 1970s, it has now become quite specialized, and has branched into sub specializations. The psychophysiological changes during yoga practices are very much evident and well-known. However, changes during specific yoga practices, the mechanisms involved, and the changes at the sub branches of the nervous system needs to be understood clearly. Metabolic changes and changes in the sleep architecture following yoga needs further exploration. The psychophysiology laboratory includes
(i) Autonomic function testing lab
(ii) Exercise physiology lab and
(iii) Sleep lab.
We have procured the 16 channel human physiology system (AD Instruments, Australia) which has got facility of performing autonomic and metabolic functions testing, breath by breath gas analysis, and pulmonary function testing. Finometer MIDI (Finapres Medical Systems, Netherlands) is equipment which uses latest technology for continuous non-invasive blood pressure monitoring. Tilt table, ergometer bicycle, and treadmill have been procured for conventional autonomic functions and exercise physiology testing. And also Functional Transcranial Doppler (fTCD) to measure cerebral blood flow. These research facilities enable us to add knowledge to the existing field of yoga research in particular and AYUSH systems of medicine in general.
Sleep lab has been upgraded with Philips Respironics Alice 5, a 55 channel polysomnography system. This allows us to study sleep architecture in normal subjects as well as in patientsCognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
Cognitive neuroscience is a branch of both psychology and neuroscience, overlapping with disciplines such as physiological psychology, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology.
This multidisciplinary research laboratory studies the neural underpinnings of human behaviour primarily using 128 channel High Dense EEG, Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), and Cognitive Evoked Potentials. CNL is concerned with how yoga based mind body interventions influences the biological substrates underlying cognition, with a specific focus on the neural substrate of mental process.
Cognitive neuroscience Laboratory Focus’s on Understanding

  • Human memory and related cognitive functions – and their implementation in the brain,
  • Cognitive neuroscience of Aging,
  • Perception and Awareness,
  • Cognition in the setting of Yoga practices

Psychology Laboratory

The psychology lab has instruments to measure higher level of cognitive, functions, psychophysical functioning and behavioural profile.
The DelisKaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS), the standardized set of tests to evaluate higher level cognitive functions in both children and adults.
The Wechsler Adult Intelligence and children Scale is to give the most comprehensive and advanced measure of cognitive ability in adolescents and adults, in response to the shifting demographic and clinical.
Lafayette Manual Muscle Testing (MMT) System is an ergonomic hand-held device for objectively quantifying muscle strength. Lafayette Hand Evaluation Kit includes all the basics for hand and finger evaluation in one convenient package such as Lafayette Hydraulic Hand Dynamometer, Lafayette Hydraulic Pinch Gauge, and Finger Goniometer. Professional Vision Tester precision-built stereoscopic instrument is designed for rapid and concise measurement of visual performance.
VisonLab is a set of user-modifiable vision demonstrations and experiments, many of which are presented in Stereoscopic. It is a teaching tool designed for Introductory and Experimental Psychology; Sensation and Perception. Tapping Board apparatus helps evaluate an elementary psychomotor skill. Occupational Skills test is abattery of tests used to measure the progress in rehabilitation and return to-work capability of individuals performing jobs / tasks that require manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, steadiness, and perceptual motor skills.

Bioenergy Laboratory

Bioenergy Laboratory is dedicated to explore subtle phenomenon of human body. Conceptually guided by theories of ancient Indian scriptures, the lab attempts to scientifically explore and add evidences for those mentioned subtle phenomenon in the scriptures.
Assessment of human bioenergy is an important step towards holistic understanding of human system. Hence various equipments utilized in this laboratory attempts to meet this objective. Gas Discharge Visualization (GDV) is a kirlian principle based equipment, which can be used to identify potential weak parts of the body where problems could emerge in future, however at present there would be no manifested symptoms in the body. Acugraph 4 is an electrodermal measurement system which gives overall energy status based on Chinese acupuncture based system. Such instruments help us to assess human subtle energy, based on their empirically matched actual physiological correlations. Hence bioenergy lab attempts to further strengthen both infrastructure and research facility to support such exploration.


National Recognitions

  • Is one of the four premier yoga institutes in the country as recognized by the University Grants Commission (DO NO. F.B-1/1993).
  • The Yoga Research Division is a “Dst-FIst” sponsored department i.e., Dept. of science and technology, Govt. of India Fund for Improvement of Science and Technology Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (No. SR/FST/LSI-142/2000).
  • Is a “Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO)”, as certified by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi (No. 14/43/1988-TU-V).
  • Was a “Centre for Advanced Research in Yoga and neurophysiology”(ICMR CAR Y&N) recognized by the Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi for the period 2007 – 2012.
  • Is a “Centre of excellence” recognized by the Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  • life and immune outcomes in early stage breast cancer patients undergoing surgery. International Journal of Yoga, 1(1): 6-6.

    International Recognitions

  • Was an “International center for research in Complementary & Alternative Medicine” (particularly in Yoga) from 2003-2005 along with the University of California, San Francisco, as an international partner of the National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, National Institute of Health, USA.

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    Division of Yoga and Life Sciences (284)

    The Year 2016

    1. B. Amaranath, HR Nagendra, Dr. Sudheer Deshpande. (2016). Effect of Integrated Yoga Module on Personality of Home Guards in Bangalore- A Randomized Control Trial, Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, [Ahead of print].
    2. Nilkantham, S., GM, Kashinath, Nagarathna, R., & Nagendra, H, R. (2016). Effect of 6 months intense Yoga practice on lipid profile, thyroxine medication and serum TSH level in women suffering from hypothyroidism: A pilot study. Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, [Ahead of print].
    3. Ratcliff, C. G., Milbury, K., Chandwani, K. D., Chaoul, A., Perkins, G., Nagarathna, R., … & Arun, B. (2016). Examining Mediators and Moderators of Yoga for Women with Breast Cancer Undergoing Radiotherapy. Integrative Cancer therapies [Ahead of print].
    4. Naoroibam, R., Metri, K. G., Bhargav, H., Nagaratna, R., & Nagendra, H. R. (2016). Effect of Integrated Yoga (IY) on psychological states and CD4 counts of HIV-1 infected Patients: A Randomized controlled pilot study. International Journal of Yoga, 9(1), 57.
    5. Lu, Q., You, J., Kavanagh, A., Warmoth, K., Meng, Z., Chen, Z., & Nagarathna, R. (2016). Differences in quality of life between American and Chinese breast cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer, 1-8.
    6. Amaranath, B., Nagendra, H. R., & Deshpande, S. (2016). Effect of integrated Yoga module on positive and negative emotions in Home Guards in Bengaluru: A wait list randomized control trial. International Journal of Yoga, 9(1), 35.
    7. Kumar, V., Jagannathan, A., Philip, M., Thulasi, A., Angadi, P., & Raghuram, N. (2016). Role of yoga for patients with type II diabetes mellitus: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 25, 104-112
    8. Raghunath Sukanya, Nagarathna,,R., Ravi Sandhya, Ram Nidhi, Ram Amritanshu, (2015). Effect of Yoga Therapy on Quality Of Life and Depression in Pre-menopausal Nursing Students with Mastalgia: an RCT with 6 month Follow up. Journal of Health Research and Reviews. [Ahead of print]
    9. Raghunath Sukanya, Nagarathna, R., Ravi Sandhya, H. R. Nagendra, (2016). Integrated Yoga Therapy for Mastalgia. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health: 5(2):162-170.
    10. Singh, K., Bhargav, H., & Srinivasan, T. M. (2016). Effect of uninostril yoga breathing on brain hemodynamics: A functional near-infrared spectroscopy study. International Journal of Yoga, 9(1), 12.
    11. Govindaraj, R., Karmani, S., Varambally, S., & Gangadhar, B. N. (2016). Yoga and physical exercise–a review and comparison. International Review of Psychiatry, 1-12.

    Division of Yoga and Physical Sciences (37)

    The Year 2016

    1. Kushwah, K. K., Srinivasan, T. M., Hongasandra, R. N., & Ilavarasu, J. V. (2016). Effect of yoga based technique on stress and health indices using electro photonic imaging technique in managers. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine [Ahead of print].
    2. Kushwah, K. K., Srinivasan, T. M., Nagendra, H. R., & Ilavarasu, J. V. (2016). Development of normative data of electro photonic imaging technique for healthy population in India: A normative study. International Journal of Yoga, 9(1), 49.

    Division of Yoga and Management (47)

    The Year 2016

    1. Pammi Sesha Srinivas, Sony Kumari, KB Akhilesh and HR Nagendra (2016). Effect of Yoga practices on Emotional Intelligence and Perceived Stress in Information Technology Professionals. IBA Journal of Management and Leadership [Ahead of print].
    2. Kukade, A. S., Ganpat, T. S., & Nagendra, H. R. (2016). Stress management in medical students: A yogic therapy approach. International Journal of Educational and Psychological Researches, 2(1), 65.
    3. Dwivedi, U., Kumari, S., & Nagendra, H. R. (2016). Yoga and its impact on counterproductive work behavior. Medical Journal of Dr. DY Patil University,9(1), 55.
    4. Kumari, S., Akhilesh, K. B., & Nagendra, H. R. (2016). GunaTraya Model: An Effective Model for Total Quality of Mind and Organisational Development. Purushartha: A Journal of Management Ethics and Spirituality,8(2).
    5. AG, G. S., Pailoor, S., & Mahadevan, B. (2016). Effect of Yoga on Human Aggression and Violent Behavior-A Review of the Indian Yoga Scriptures and Scientific Studies. Social and Education History, 5(1), 83-104.

    Division of Yoga and Humanities (34)

    The Year 2016

    1. Purohit, S. P., Pradhan, B., & Nagendra, H. R. (2016). Effect of yoga on EUROFIT physical fitness parameters on adolescents dwelling in an orphan home: A randomized control study. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies,11(1), 33-46.
    2. Vishvanath, P., Ganpat, T. S., Pradhan, B., Gharote, M. M., & Ramarao, N. H. (2016). Mentally retarded children: A scope for yogic rehabilitation module. CHRISMED Journal of Health and Research, 3(1), 98.

    Division of Yoga and Spirituality (17)

    The Year 2016

    1. Divya, B. R., & Nagendra, H. R. (2016). Scientific Study of Soma and Its Use in Rituals of Somayagna: A Review. International Journal of Scientific Study, 2(8), 38.
    2. Prasad, D. B. R., Hongasandra, N. R., & Ram, A. (2016). Investigation of random event generator changes in Agnistoma Somayaga rituals: An exploratory study. Journal of Health Research and Reviews, 3(1), 15.