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Wellness Day Talk: Yoga and Depression

San Francisco Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center

Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM (PDT)

Wellness Day Talk: Yoga and Depression

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The sixth in our series of presenters for our monthly Wellness Day Program is Integrative Psychiatrist Dr. Sudha Prathikanti.

Dr. Prathikanti is keenly interested in discovering which complementary and alternative therapies may show scientific efficacy in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. 

In 2017, she and her co-investigators published an intriguing research study, Treating Major Depression with Yoga: A Prospective Randomized, Controlled Pilot Trial. This is the first rigorous scientific study outside of India to examine yoga as a solo therapy in diagnosed major depression. Results show that in adults with mild-to-moderate major depression, practicing hatha yoga twice-weekly for 8 weeks is associated with statistically and clinically significant reductions in depression severity. This is great news.

Hear more about mental health and Dr. Prathikanti's holistic approach, including some recommended practices. As always, bring your questions.

Wellness Day also includes an active (and fun) focus on health from 4:00-6:00pm which includes movement, breathing, relaxation, goal-setting and a healthy, vegetarian meal. Come to just the talk or both!


Sudha Prathikanti, MD

Sudha Prathikanti, MD, is Board certified in Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is also a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. At the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), she founded both the Integrative Psychiatry service and the Ayurveda consultation service at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, working there as core faculty from 2003–2011. She continues to teach at UCSF as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, and her research on treating depression with yoga has been featured in local and national media.

In her clinical care, Dr. Prathikanti has helped individuals find emotional balance in many challenging contexts, including serious medical illness, chronic pain, and lifecycle transitions related to pregnancy, infertility, or interpersonal loss. Her treatment plans may include Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, herbs, and Jungian dreamwork.

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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
1185 Vicente Street
San Francisco, CA 94116

Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM (PDT)

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San Francisco Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center

The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center presents the core, true, classical teachings of the essential Yoga practices and philosophy for Self-Realization.

Swami Sivananda, a great modern yogi and saint from the Himalayas, was a medical doctor before becoming a monk and famous sage. He is the guru of Swami Vishnudevananda, who founded the organization named Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, under the name of his Master.

The Yoga we teach is the classical yoga/meditation method coming from Patanjali—the eight limbs of Yoga.

Vedanta philosophy comes from the Vedas, the oldest scripture known to humankind. It explains what the end is and how to achieve it. It teaches the unity of life or oneness of consciousness, and forms the philosophical basis of the teaching of Yoga.

The motto "Unity in Diversity" points out that Oneness is our essence. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center is a non-profit, volunteer-based, spiritual organization open to all, irrespective of age, race, creed, sexual orientation or status.

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