Bangalore International Centre in association with Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) had arranged a talk on “Yoga and the Neuroscience of Self” by Dr. Naren Rao, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, NIMHANS on Thursday, 12th January, 2017 at 6.30 PM. The talk was chaired and moderated by Dr. Prabha Chandra, Head of the Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS.
In a lucid exposition, aided by a power-point presentation, Dr. Naren Rao highlighted as to how modern research has shown the ways of a fusion of Yoga and Neuro-Sciences which can lead to greater understanding and treatment of mental ailments.
In his presentation, Dr. Naren Rao focused on the Self-awareness, which is influenced by agency and choice making and is also influenced by the degree of self-reflection one is capable of. Studies using neuroimaging methods have unravelled the neurobiolofical correlates of self-awareness and its abnormalities in health and disease.
He indicated that Yoga, a traditional practice, has become popular across the globe in the last few decades and several reports are now available which indicate the benefits of yoga for promotion of mental health. The neuroscience of yoga and its application to mental health issues is relatively recent. Several path-breaking research studies are now on hand to explore the possibilities of yoga as a potential supplemental treatment for neuropsychiatric disorders. He drew attention to the therapeutic potentials of yoga and the neurobiological changes associated with yoga with a specific focus on changes in self- relevant processing.
Dr. Prabha Chandra enriched the session by adding her own inputs on the subject.
The audience actively interacted with Dr. Naren Rao and Dr. Prabha Chandra after the presentation.