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Academic Qualification:


Qualification

University

Year of completion

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) in Yoga

S-VYASA Deemed to be University, Bangalore

2018

BNYS (Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences)

Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore

2009


PhD Thesis TitleNeurocognitive and Psychophysiological Changes Associated with Kumbhaka: Yogic Breath Holding

Work Experience:

  • As Deputy Director (Academics) – The School of Yoga and Naturopathic Medicine, S-VYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru from July 2018 till date.
  • As Asst. Director (Academics) – The School of Yoga and Naturopathic Medicine, S-VYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru from November 2017 till June 2018.
  • As Head, MD Program, S-VYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru from January 2017 till date.
  • As Asst. Professor and Medical Officer at S-VYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru since August 2013 till date.
  • External Moderator for the School of Natural Medicine, Faculty of Community Medicine, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa from March 2017 till date.
  • As Lecturer and Medical Officer at SDM College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences, Ujire, Karnataka, from August 2011 till July2013.
  • As Technical Consultant at the National Institute of Naturopathy (An Autonomous organization under Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India), Pune since August 2010 till August 2011.
  • Yoga & Naturopathy Consultant at PRAYAS, Amravati from November 2009 till July 2010.

Faculty Exchange Programs:

  • Deputed for Faculty Exchange Program at KWA Klinik Stift Rottal, Max-Köhler-Straße 3, 94086 Bad Griesbach, Germany, June-September 2016.

Ongoing Research Projects:

  • Effect of Yoga based Natural lifestyle on Chronic Kidney Disease.
  • Comparative analysis of efficacy of Yoga, Ayurveda and Naturopathy in management of Osteoarthritis of Knees.
  • Effect of Yoga & Naturopathic Treatment modalities in Metabolic Syndrome.
  • Effect of Yogic practices in occupational health and well-being.





Apar Avinash Saoji, BNYS, PhD

Associate Professor, VaYU

Deputy Director (Academics) – The School of Yoga and Naturopathic Medicine


Asst. Professor and Head – MD Program
Division of Yoga and Life Sciences,
Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA Deemed to be University), #19, Eknath Bhavan, Gavipuram Circle, KG Nagar, Bangalore -560019.
E Mail: aparsaoji@gmail.com











Publications (Peer Reviewed Journals)

  • Saoji, A.A., Raghavendra B. R., Madle K. & Manjunath. N.K. (2018). Additional practice of Yoga Breathing with Intermittent Breath Holding enhance psychological wellbeing in yoga practitioners: a randomized controlled trial. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, DOI: 10.1016/j.explore.2018.02.005
  • Saoji, A.A., Raghavendra B. R., & Manjunath. N.K. (2018). Immediate Effects of Yoga Breathing with Intermittent Breath Retention on the Autonomic and Cardiovascular Variables Amongst Healthy Volunteers. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 62 (1): 41-50. 
  • Saoji, A. A., Raghavendra, B., & Manjunath, N. K. (2018). Effects of Yogic Breath Regulation: A Narrative Review of Scientific Evidence. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaim.2017.07.008.
  • Saoji, A.A., Raghavendra B. R., Rajesh. S. K., & Manjunath. N.K. (2018). Immediate Effects of Yoga Breathing with Intermittent Breath Holding on Response Inhibition Amongst Healthy Volunteers.International Journal of Yoga, 11(2), 99-104.
  • Nalgirkar, S., Vinchurkar, S., Saoji, A. A., & Mohanty, S. (2018). Effect of Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy on Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding: A Pilot Study. Journal of Midlife Health, 9(1):8-13. 
  • Gowda, S., Mohanty, S., Saoji, A., & Nagarathna, R. (2017). Integrated Yoga and Naturopathy module in management of Metabolic Syndrome: A case report. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, 8(1): 45–48. 
  • Saoji, A., Mohanty, S., & Vinchurkar, S. A. (2017). Effect of a single session of a yogic meditation technique on cognitive performance in medical students: A randomized crossover trial. Journal of Religion and Health, 56(1), 141-148. 
  • Mohanty, S., & Saoji, A. A. (2016). Comments on “Alternate Nostril Breathing at Different Rates and its Influence on Heart Rate Variability in Non Practitioners of Yoga”. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, 10(7), CL01.
  • Saoji, A. A. (2016). Yoga: A strategy to cope up stress and enhance wellbeing among medical students. North American Journal of Medical Sciences, 8(4), 200-2.
  • Raghavendra, P., Shetty, P., Shetty, S., Manjunath, N. K., & Saoji, A. A. (2016). Effect of high-frequency yoga breathing on pulmonary functions in patients with asthma. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 117(5), 550-551.

Publications (Peer Reviewed Journals): Under Review:

  • Wen, X., Saoji, A.A., Metri, K., Mohanty, S., & Venugopal, V. Immediate Effect of a Meditation Technique on Blood Glucose, State Anxiety and Relaxation in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: A Pilot Randomized Crossover Study. Advances in Integrative Medicine.
  • Tiwari, S., Shetty, P., Sapkota, N., Shashikiran, H.C., & Saoji, A.A. Naturopathy and Yoga for Improving Quality of Life in Pemphigus Vulgaris and Managing Co-morbid Type 2 Diabetes: A Case Report. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine.
  • Shahane, P., Madle, K., Ragavendrasamy, B., & Saoji, A.A. Effect of Yoga in prevention and management of complications of prolonged standing in industry set-up: A Single Blind Randomized Controlled Trial. Frontiers in Public Health.

Publications In Magazines:

  • Saoji, A. (2018). Yoga and Naturopathy in care of HIV. Nisargopachar Varta.
  • Saoji, A. (2014). Prospects for the execution at grass route level & at large scale. Yoga Sudha.
  • Saoji, A. (2009). Naturopathy and Yoga, a ray of hope for Cancer. Nisargopachar Varta.

Health Awareness Programs 

  • Delivered Naturopathy awareness program on Doordarshan and All India Radio.
  • Delivered public lectures at Naturopathy and Yoga Institutions, Schools, Colleges, Public Sector Undertakings, NGOs, special sectors of society like women, senior citizens, and children, professionals.

Conferences & Workshops Attended:

As Invited Speaker:
  • “Yoga and its applications” at National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (ICMR), on 21 June, 2018.
  • “Yoga Research: Past, Present and Future” at National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (ICMR), on 21 June, 2017.
  • “Naturopathy for Cancer” at Pre-Conference Workshop of 21st INCOFYRA, held at S-VYASA Yoga University, Bangalore, 28 December 2015.
  • Workshop on Cyclic Meditation, held at Amrita School of Ayurveda, Amrita University, Kollam, Kerala – 21 June 2015.
  • “Yoga and Naturopathy in Integrative Medicine” at the National Seminar and Workshop on How to Live longer and healthier, organized by Dr. D. Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai – 18 January 2014.
Oral and Poster Presentations:
  • “Yoga & Naturopathy based intensive intervention reduces pain & improves the sleep-in patients with Knee Osteoarthritis” at International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine, Barcelona – 1 to 3 July 2016.
  • Won 2nd Prize for the Poster “Effect of 10 days Yoga and Naturopathy lifestyle intervention on glycemic status in type 2 Diabetes Mellitus patients” presented at the 20th International Conference on Frontiers of Yoga Research and Applications (INCOFYRA), organized by SVYASA Yoga University, Bangalore – 2 to 5 January 2014.
  • Presented poster on “Rationale of Unity of Disease” in naturopathy at the International Conference on Yoga and Naturopathy, held at Bangalore- 9th to 12th February 2012.
  • Presented a paper on “the trends of Naturopathy practice in southern state of Karnataka” at a workshop organized by the National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune at Mumbai -  7th January 2013.
As Organizer:
  • 22nd INCOFYRA 2018- Bangalore, Karnataka.
  • 21st INCOFYRA 2016- Bangalore, Karnataka.
  • SDM International Conference on Yoga and Naturopathy, 2014 – Ujire, Karnataka.
  • 20th International Conference on Frontiers in Yoga Research and Its Applications-INCOFYRA 2014 – Bangalore, Karnataka.
  • International Conference on Yoga and Naturopathy 2012 – Bangalore, Karnataka.
  • 10th State Level Yoga Conference 2010 – Amravati, Maharashtra.







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