Research Activities

More than 40 peer-reviewed and indexed research papers have been published from the Centre. Research on yoga for schizophrenia has been acknowledged by the NICE guidelines of the UK. Several Ph.D., DM (Neurology), MD (Psychiatry) dissertations have been completed,and several are ongoing under the aegis of the Centre. Faculty of the centre have presented invited lectures in scientific meetings held nationally as well as in in 6 different countries. A large inter-departmental group of faculty interested in yoga research have been meeting and 12 research projects are currently ongoing. In November 2016, a Collaborative Centre for Yoga Therapy and Research has been started with the help of the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN), New Delhi, which will support several research projects for 5 years.

NICY List of Publications

Sl No.
Author , year
Study / Article type
Journal / Book
Link / Publications
1Kakde N, Metri KG, Varambally S, Nagaratna R, Nagendra HR. J Complement Integr Med. 2017 Mar 25. doi: 10.1515/jcim-2015-0112. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:28343166Development and validation of a yoga module for Parkinson disease.Designing; expert & clinical validation of moduleJ Complement Integr Med. 2017 Mar 25. doi: 10.1515/jcim-2015-0112. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:28343166view
2Pandurangi, Keshavan, Ganapathy, Gangadhar, 2017Yoga: Past and PresentAmerican Journal of Psychiatry view
3Varambally &Gangadhar, 2016Current status of yoga in mental health servicesCommentary International Review of Psychiatryview
4Bhargav,2016Acute effects of 3G mobile phone radiations on frontal haemodynamics during a cognitive taskin teenagers and possible protective value of OmchantingRCTInternational Review of Psychiatryview
5Bhat et. al, 2016Designing and validation of a yoga-based
intervention for obsessive compulsive disorder
Designing; expert & clinical validation of moduleInternational Review of Psychiatryview
6Govindaraj et. al, 2016Designing and validation of a yoga-based intervention for schizophreniaDesigning & expert validation of moduleInternational Review of Psychiatryview
7Naveen GH et. al, 2016Serum cortisol and BDNF in patients with major depression—effect of yogaNon-randomized trialInternational Review of Psychiatryview
8Govindaraj et. al, 2016Yoga and physical exercise – a review and
ReviewInternational Review of Psychiatryview
9Sutar et. al, 2016Yoga-based intervention in patients with
somatoform disorders: an open label trial
Non-randomized trialInternational Review of Psychiatryview
10Sutar et. al, 2016Yoga intervention and functional pain syndromes:
a selective review
ReviewInternational Review of Psychiatryview
11Rao & Menon, 2016A heuristic model linking yoga philosophy and self-reflectionto examine underlying mechanisms ofadd-on yoga treatment in schizophreniaReviewInternational Review of Psychiatryview
12Mehta et. al, 2016Bridging the schism of schizophrenia through yoga—Review of putative mechanisms

ReviewInternational Review of Psychiatryview
13Thirthalli et. al, 2016Traditional, complementary, and alternative medicine approaches to mental health care and psychological wellbeing in India and China.ReviewLancet Psychiatryview (summary)
14Varambally & Gangadhar, 2016Yoga- based interventions for the management of psychiatric disordersBook ChapterPhysical Exercise Interventions for Mental Health (Ed. Linda Lam and Michelle Riba)view (cambridge university link )
15Varambally et. al, 2016Yoga therapy for other mental health conditionsBook ChapterThe Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care (Ed. Khalsa SBS, Cohen L, McCall T, and Telles S)view (Handspring Publishing Limited, East Lothian, UK )
16Gangadhar &Porandlaet. al, 2015Yoga and mental health servicesEditorialIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
17Gangadhar & Varambally, 2015Integrating yoga in mental health servicesEditorialIndian Journal of Medical Researchview
18Govindarajet. al, 2015Yoga for schizophrenia: Patients' perspective.Short CommunicationInternational Journal of Yogaview
19Bhargav et. al, 2015Schizophrenia Patient or Spiritually Advanced Personality? A Qualitative Case AnalysisPhilosophical ExplorationJournal of Religion and Healthview
20Jagannathan, 2015Yoga as a Complementary and Alternative Treatment for Psychiatric Disorders in India: A Solution to Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization (LPG) of Mental Health Care?EditorialInternational Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilienceview
21Gangadhar BN, 2014Toward building evidence for yogaGuest EditorialInternational Journal of Yogaview
22Bhargav et. al, 2014Frontal hemodynamic responses to high frequency yoga breathing in schizophrenia: a functional near-infrared spectroscopy study.Original Research ArticleFrontiers in Psychiatryview
23Jayaram et. al, 2014Effect of yoga therapy on plasma oxytocin and facial emotion recognition deficits in patients of schizophrenia.Original ArticleIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
24Thirthalli et. al, 2013Cortisol and antidepressant effects of yoga.Original ArticleIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
25Naveen et. al, 2013Positive therapeutic and neurotropic effects Original ArticleIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
26Hariprasad, 2013Yoga increases the volume of the hippocampus in elderly subjects.Original ArticleIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
27Naveen et. al, 2013Yoga and epilepsy: What do patients perceive?Original ArticleIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
28Umadevi et. al, 2013Effect of yoga therapy on anxiety and depressive symptoms and quality-of-life among caregivers of in-patients with neurological disorders at a tertiary care center in India: A randomized controlled trial.Original ArticleIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
29Hariprasad, 2013Feasibility and efficacy of yoga as an add-on intervention in attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder: An exploratory studyOriginal ArticleIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
30Manjunath, 2013Efficacy of yoga as an add-on treatment for in-patients with functional psychotic disorderOriginal ArticleIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
31Gangadhar BN, 2013Positive antidepressant effects of generic yoga in depressive out-patients: A comparative studyOriginal ArticleIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
32Hariprasad, 2013Effects of yoga intervention on sleep and quality-of-life in elderly: A randomized controlled trial.RCT/ Original ArticleIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
33Hariprasad, 2013Randomized clinical trial of yoga-based intervention in residents from elderly homes: Effects on cognitive functionOriginal ArticleIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
34Naveen et. al, 2013Development and feasibility of yoga therapy module for out-patients with depression in India.Original ArticleIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
35Hariprasad, 2013Designing, validation and feasibility of a yoga-based intervention for elderlyOriginal ArticleIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
36Gangadhar & Varambally, 2013Author's reply ( to letter ‘Yoga therapy and schizophrenia’, Int J Yoga. 2013 Jul-Dec; 6(2): 134.doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.113419)Author's replyIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
37Rao NP, 2013Yoga school of thought and psychiatry: Therapeutic potentialReviewIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
38Varambally, 2013Yoga-based intervention for caregivers of outpatients with psychosis: A randomized controlled pilot studyRCTAsian Journal of Psychiatryview
39Varambally, 2013Therapeutic efficacy of add-on yogasana intervention in stabilized outpatient schizophrenia: Randomized controlled comparison with exercise and waitlist.RCTIndian Journal of Psychiatryview
40Varambally & Gangadhar, 2012Yoga: A spiritual practice with therapeutic value in psychiatryReview Asian Journal of Psychiatryview
41Baspure, 2012Barriers to yoga therapy as an add-on treatment for schizophrenia in IndiaShort Comm-unicationInternational Journal of Yogaview
42Jagannathan, 2012Development and feasibility of need-based yoga program for family caregivers of in-patients with schizophrenia in India.Original ArticleInternational Journal of Yogaview
43Jagannathan, 2012Efficacy of yoga and psychosocial training programme for caregivers of persons with schizophreniaRCTNational Journal of Professional Social Workview
44Kalyani BG, 2011Neurohemodynamic correlates of 'OM' chanting: A pilot functional magnetic resonance imaging studyOriginal ArticleInternational Journal of Yogaview
45Gangadhar & Varambally, 2011Yoga as Therapy in Psychiatric Disorders: Past, Present, and FutureReviewBiofeedbackview
46Varambally et. al, 2011Yoga therapy for the management of psychiatric disordersBook ChapterFoundation Course in Yoga Science for Medical Students/ professionalsMorarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi.
47Naveen GH, et al.,2010Yoga for DepressionBookYoga for Depression.
(1st Edition)
Advanced Centre for Yoga - Mental health and Neurosciences, NIMHANS Bangalore
48Behere, 2010 Effect of yoga therapy on facial emotion recognition deficits, symptoms and functioning in patients with schizophreniaActa Psychiatrica Scandinavicaview, 2009Effects of a yoga breath intervention alone and in combination with an exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in survivors of the 2004 South-East Asia tsunamiActa Psychiatrica Scandinavicaview
50Rao MR et. al, 2009Anxiolytic effects of a yoga program in early breast cancer patients undergoing conventional treatment:A randomized controlled trialRCTComplementary Therapies in Medicineview (summary)
51Venkatasubramanian, 2008Investigating paranormal phenomena: Functional brain imaging of telepathyInternational Journal of Yogaview, 2007Yoga therapy as an add-on treatment in the management of patients with schizophrenia--a randomized controlled trialRCT Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavicaview, 2006Antidepressant efficacy and hormonal effects of Sudarshana Kriya Yoga (SKY) in alcohol dependent individualsRCTJournal of Affective Disordersview, 2000Antidepressant efficacy of Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY) in melancholia: a randomized comparison with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and imipramine.RCTJournal of Affective Disordersview
55Naga Venkatesha Murthy PJ, 1998P300 amplitude and antidepressant response to Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY)Brief reportJournal of Affective Disordersview
56Jakhar J et. al, 2019Cortical inhibition in major depression: Investigating the acute effect
of single-session yoga versus walking
Original ArticleBrain Stimulation