Basic research into the effects of Yoga has been going on at National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences ( NIMHANS ) since the 1970’s and several clinical research studies had also been done between 1990 – 2000 in collaboration with the AOL (Art of living) Foundation and SVYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana) University. However, Yoga services as therapeutic interventions in the hospital began with the setting up of the Advanced Centre for Yoga in Mental Health and Neurosciences in 2007. The Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi, supported and collaborated in this endeavour. NIMHANS later integrated the Centre as a part of the Institute itself, as the NIMHANS Integrated Centre for Yoga which was established in 2014.
New facilities including two new yoga halls, updated research facilities, and digitized data recording have been set up and were inaugurated by the Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, on 29th August 2017.
In 2019, the center expanded to become an independant department. The department of Integrative medicine was inaguarated by the honourable Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harshvardhan and the honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri B. S. Yeddiyurappa on 16th September, 2019 on the occasion of the 24th Convocation of NIMHANS. A dedicated Out Patient Department was inaugurated by the honorable Director, Dr. B. N Gangadhar on 9th December 2019.
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