Teaching and Training

One of the primary objectives of the department is to impart training and human resource development in the field of mental health and Neurosciences, specifically integrated services including Yoga and Ayurveda. To achieve the same, the department will be starting postgraduate, graduate courses and fellowships from July 2021.





Name of the Course

Number of seats

Eligibility Criteria

Institute fellowship

External fellowship

Ph.D. in Integrative Medicine (Ayurveda, Yoga and  Biomedicine)

Note: The candidates should have a minimum of 3 years of External Research fellowships to apply for Ph.D. program


MBBS/ BAMS/ BNYS OR M.A or M.Sc. or M.Phil in Yoga, M.Phil in Clinical Psychology OR M.Sc. Nursing OR M.Pharma OR Masters in Physiotherapy


Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry



MD/DNB degree in Psychiatry


Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Integrative Mental Health and Neurosciences



MD in Ayurveda (Kayachikithsa / Manasaroga / Panchakarma) OR MD (Yoga)


MSc. Yoga Therapy (Mental Health & Neurosciences)


B.Sc. (Yoga)/BNYS OR A Science/Medical/Paramedical/Physiotherapy/Nursing Graduation Level Degree with one-year Diploma or equivalent in Yoga Science


MD in Manasa Roga (Ayurveda) :

The Department also plans to introduce MD in Manasa Roga (Ayurveda) course for BAMS graduates once additional requirements of faculty/ resident posts are sanctioned.


The Department of Integrative Medicine is also involved in training post-graduates from psychiatry, yoga and ayurveda from various institutions who are posted here. Department has also trained one batch of nurses from Dharwad Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (DIMHANS) and also has trained several nurses within the institute.


Short-Term Courses:

Certificate course for Yoga for Mental Health 

The Department of Integrative Medicine (IMD) has initiated a certificate course on “Yoga for Mental Health” for training of AYUSH professionals from January 2019. Course is conducted once in 6 months and three courses have been completed. Twenty six professionals from various streams have completed the course till now. 


Yoga Appreciation Course (YAC)

The department runs a one month certificate course for faculty, staff and students of NIMHANS, their family members, and staff from neighbouring medical institutes. This course enables the participants to understand and practice the basics of yoga. More than 30 batches of this course have been completed and  more than 500 participants have been trained. 



The department conducts weekly academic programs (seminars, journal clubs, and research presentations pertaining to yoga, Ayurveda, neuroscience principles & techniques and research methodology & statistics) every Tuesday and Friday involving all the faculty, staff and students. Guest lectures are also held monthly where speakers from other departments as well as outside NIMHANS are invited to share their knowledge and expertise. The department also plans to have collaborative academic programs with the Department of Psychiatry to benefit students from both departments.

  1. 15.11.2019 Yoga & Wellness.

  2. 08.11.2019  Acceptability of a mindfulness intervention for depressive symptoms among African American women in a community health center A qualitative study

  3. 11.10.2019  Five week yin yoga based interventions decreased plasma adrenomedullinand increased psychological health in stressed adults A randomised controlled trial

  4. 04.10.2019 Concept of Self in Schizophrenia

  5. 13.09.2019 Cellular Markers of Yoga 

  6. 06.09.2019 Neurobiology of Yoga in De-Addiction 

  7. 23.08.2019 Yoga Depression 

  8. 12.07.2019 Introduction to Panchakarma

  9. 05.07.2019 Definitions of Yoga as per scriptures and Misconceptions & Contra-indications

  10. 14.06.2019 Creativity in yoga

  11. 07.06.2019 Yoga for Anxiety Disorder A Systematic review and meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

  12. 24.05.2019 Moral Stories in Upanishads

  13. 17.05.2019 Therapeutics of Traditional Healing Methods

  14. 10.05.2019 Asana 

Title Seminar/Journal ClubLink for the presentation
Case Conference-view
Agni and Gut MicrobiomeSeminarview
Importance of Yogic diet in well-beingSeminarview
Large-scale genomic study reveals robust activation of the immune system following advanced Inner Engineering meditation retreatJournal Clubview
Effect of yoga breathing exercises (pranayama) on airway reactivity in subjects with asthmaJournal Clubview
Yoga Nidra Seminarview
Neurobiology of Schizophrenia
Role of yoga in Schizophrenia
Immunological & metabolic responses to a therapeutic
course of basti in obesity
Journal Clubview
Panchakarma In AyurvedaSeminarview
Excessive Internet Use: A behavioral problem, and potential role of Mind-Body interventionSeminarview
Scope of yoga in Covid-19Seminarview
Effect of yoga as add-on therapy in migraine (CONTAIN): A
Randomised Clinical Trial.
Journal ClubView
Meditation Based Lifestyle Modification (MBLM) in outpatients with mild to moderate depression: A mixed-methods feasibility study
Journal ClubView
Effects of Yoga on Attention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity in Preschool-Aged Children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms
Journal Clubview
Development and validation of a test on anasakti (non-attachment): an Indian model of well-beingJournal Clubview
Efficacy of yoga on post partum depressed women: A randomised controlled trialJournal Clubview
Mudras and BandhasSeminarview
Concept of Avarana - pathology in ayurvedaSeminarview
Autism Etiopathogenesis and the role of Integrative Approach to Treatment Seminarview
Association of constitutional type of Ayurveda
with cardiovascular risk factors, inflammatory
markers and insulin resistance
Journal Clubview
Doshaja PrakrutiSeminarview
Yoga as applied philosophySeminarview
Concept of Ama and AgniSeminarview
Concept of OmSeminarview
Dhatu Siddanta - The Theory of tissue formation and differentiationSeminarview
Multiple SclerosisSeminarview
A new instrument for measuring
insight: the Beck Cognitive Insight
Journal Clubview
Counselling Techniques in
Patanjali Yoga Sutras
Introduction to Tridosha SidhantaSeminarview
Feasibility & Pilot Efficacy Testing of Integrated Yoga and
Shirodhara (Ayurvedic Oil-Dripping) intervention on Clinical
Symptoms, Cognitive Functions and Sleep Quality of Adults with
Anxiety Disorder
Journal Clubview
Introduction to Parkinsons DiseaseSeminarview
Neurotrophic FactorsSeminarview
Schizophrenia Risk from the complex variation of complement component 4Journal Clubview
Yoga and its effect on Heart Rate
Variability in Psychiatric Disorders
Seminar view
Biomechanics of YogaSeminarview
Concept of VishadaSeminarview
A Psychometric analysis of the three gunasSeminarview
Concept of Unmada in Ayurveda PsychosisSeminarview
Role of Yoga in Pain DisordersSeminarview
Introduction to UpanishadsSeminarview
Neurobiology of yoga in deaddictionSeminarview
Pharmacology of Ayurveda - Medha DravyaSeminarview
Understanding anxiety disorder from ayurveda perspectiveSeminarview
Cellular markers of YogaSeminarview
Definitions of Yoga as per scriptures and misconceptions and contraindicationsSeminarview
Creativity in YogaSeminarview
An Introduction to PanchakarmaSeminarview
Moral Stories in Upanishads and its conceptsSeminarview
Five-week yin yoga-based interventions decreased
plasma adrenomedullin and increased psychological health in
stressed adults: A randomised controlled trial
Journal Clubview
Acceptability of a mindfulness intervention for depressive
symptoms among
African-American women in a community health center: A
qualitative study
Journal Clubview
Concept of Self in SchizophreniaSeminarview
How yoga can change your brainSeminarview
Treating major depression with yoga:
A prospective, randomized, controlled pilot trial
Journal Clubview