Plenary (9H30 – 13H00)

9h30 - 10h

Kick off session with dignitaries and officials - Research on Yoga to support preventive healthcare and integrative medicine, does-it make sense?

10h - 11h

Yoga and Mental Health (treatment of stress, depression, and insomnia)

- Yoga on our minds: a systematic review of yoga for neuropsychiatric disorders / S. Telles,
- Anti-anxiety efficacy of Sudarshan Kriya Yoga in general anxiety disorder. / R.Sanlorenzo

11h- 12h

Yoga and Chronic deseases

- Effects of yoga on cardiovascular disease risk factors: a systematic review and meta-analysis. / H. Cramer
- A systematic review of yoga interventions as integrative treatment in breast cancer. / M. Sharma

12h- 13h

Yoga: hHw does it work? Underlying physiology ?

- Rapid Gene Expression Changes in Peripheral Blood Lymphocytes upon Practice of a Yoga Program. / F. Saatcioglu
- Stress, Autonomic Nervous System and Yoga: from a problem to a solution. / N. Montano

12h30- 12h45

Plenary conclusion: towards further integration of Yoga in the hospital, how to work on it?

Alain-BAUMELOU - Professor of nephrology, is head of the integrated center of Chinese medicine of Pitié-Salpêtrière. He will bring here a reflection nourished by his experience of integrating a mind-body therapy at the hospital.

Round Tables (14H00 – 16H30)

Panelists :


Dr. Borel-Kuhner is a pioneer in the use of Yoga in hospital settings. She intervenes mainly in the treatment of the pain at the CHU Simone Veil d’Eaubonne, Paris.
She also trains many doctors in Yoga Therapy.

Mme Marie MASCLE, a patient

With a history of rheumatoid arthritis, Marie Mascle had the chance to cross Dr. Borel’s path. After regular follow-up in yoga therapy at the hospital, she managed to relieve her pain without any medical treatment.

Stéphane HASKELL

Photographer and documentary director, he was a correspondent in New York for the Sipa Presse agency. Victim of a crushed spinal cord and condemned to pain for life, he can walk again and lead a normal life through Yoga.


When it comes to the treatment of pain, Yoga’s psycho-physical positioning offers a panel of practices that cover a broad field in non-drug possibilities. It is still little used as a therapeutic way to the hospital but some pioneers have however introduced it successfully, especially for the treatment of chronic pain.
Feedback on Dr. Borel’s work at Eaubonne Hospital
The testimony of one of Dr. Borel-Kuhner’s patients and that of the specialist in the field of pain management: how did the institution’s practice take root, what assessment should be made, what prospects should be considered?

Panelists :

Dr Shirley TELLES

With more than 108 papers in leading journals, Dr Shirley Telles is considered as a reference in the field of research on Yoga. She is currently an editorial board reviewer for 16 international journals and 4 Indian journals. Shirley is also the Director of a federal research centre for excellence dedicated to Yoga and Neurophysiology in Bangalore. Shirley holds a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology has a medical degree and is the recipient of numerous awards.

Le Pr. Nicola MONTANO

Dr Montano is an Associate Professor in Internal Medicine and he is also the President Elect of the European Federation of Internal Medicine. He completed a Clinical Methodology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Milan (1994). Within the framework of his transdisciplinary research, he has conducted numerous projects on the effects of Yoga on the Autonomic Nervous System.


Doctor, he is co-founder of the Association Medicine and Yoga, Founder of the Institute of Yoga Therapy (IDYT), he is also the author of many reference books on yoga and health.


In 2013, the parliamentary information mission on mental health already mentioned that one in five psychiatric consultations concerned serious depression or a depressive episode, not to mention anxiety and sleep disorders. Can the practice of Yoga help to take care of this type of wellspread disorders? How and at what stage of care? State of play on research and examples of support.

Panelists :

Pr Holger Cramer

Pr Holger Cramer is a Research Director and Associate Professor at the Department of Internal and Integrative Medicine at the University of Duisburg-Essen, in Germany. Dr Cramer has written more than 100 articles in scientific journals, published chapters and books about yoga, meditation and integrative medicine.

Pr Manoj Sharma

Pr Manoj Sharma has completed a Ph.D. in Preventive Medicine and specializes in Health Education. After publishing 18 systematic reviews of the effects of Yoga (stress, smoking, cardio-vascular benefits, cancer prevention…) Pr Manoj Sharma is key player in Yogatherapy.

Dr Anne-Sophie BLANCHET

A surgeon in digestive oncology at the Pitié-Salpêtrière, Dr. Anne-Sophie Blanchet has just introduced the use of Yoga as a complementary method to surgery and chemotherapy.

Dr Denis AGRET

General Medicine at the Gap Hospital, is a pioneer in research on Yoga. Public health specialist, he has launched a research protocol on the benefits of Yoga against high blood pressure


– What is the state of research regarding the impact of Yoga on Cancer and cardiovascular disease? What are the prospects in this area? Professor H. Cramer and M. Sharma will offer a systematic review.
– Dr. Blanchet will prensent a concrete example of introduction of Yoga in the digestive surgery department of Pitié Salpêtrière in Paris. What conclusions? What are the levers and the brakes to achieve such integration?
– Dr. Agret shares his experience of using Yoga for high blood pressure.

Perspectives, minutes and conclusions (16H30 – 17H00)