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Talk - Yoga and the Neuroscience of Self


12 Jan '2017, 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm
Auditorium, Bangalore International Centre, TERI Complex
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Posted by :
Deepa Vaishnavi

Bangalore International Centre (A TERI Initiative)
In association with
Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA)Southern Regional Centre

presents a talk on "Yoga and the Neuroscience of Self"

Dr. Naren P Rao
Associate Professor,
Department of Psychiatry,
NIMHANS, Bangalore

Chair and Moderator
Dr. Prabha Chandra
Head of the Department
Department of Psychiatry,
NIMHANS, Bangalore

Thursday, 12th January, 2017 at 6.30 PM
(Tea will be served at 6.00 PM)

Venue details
Bangalore International Centre
TERI Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage, Bangalore – 560 071


About the Talk

Self-awareness, which is influenced by agency and choice making, is also influenced by the degree of self-reflection one is capable of. The ability of self-awareness seems so intuitive that the importance is underscored only by the loss of these functions in neuropsychatric disorders. Studies using neuroimaging methods have unravelled the neurobiolofical correlates of self-awareness and its abnormalities in health and disease.

Yoga, a traditional practice, has become popular across the globe in the last few decades and several reports suggesting benefits of yoga for promotion of mental health. However, the neuroscience of yoga and its application to mental health issues is relatively recent. Different studies in the past decade have given glimpses of emerging new research on yoga as a potential treatment for neuropsychiatric disorders. The talk will focus on the therapeutic potentials of yoga and the neurobiological changes associated with yoga with a specific focus on changes in self relevant processing.


Dr. Naren Rao
Dr. Naren Rao is currently working as Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, NIMHANS from 2015.  He has acquired his MD in Psychiatry from NIMHANS during 2008.  He is associated with NIMHANS from 2005 to till date except for a short  period from 2011 to 2013 during which period he was a Post-doctoral Fellow at Research Imaging Centre, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada and INSPIRE Faculty at IISc, Bangalore. He has several awards and publications to his credit.  

Dr. Prabha Chandra
Dr. Prabha Chandra is presently the Head of the Department of  Psychiatry in NIMHANS and has been working in the field of perinatal psychiatry since 1994. She has worked at Mother Baby Psychiatry units in the UK and has special interest in the areas of Pre- pregnancy and Pre- conception counseling in mothers with mental health problems; interventions for mother infant bonding disorders and medication use  in pregnancy and postpartum.

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