David Shannahoff-Khalsa

David Shannahoff-Khalsa is the Director of The Research Group for Mind-Body Dynamics at UCSD’s BioCircuits Institute and a member of the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. Prior to coming to UCSD in 1994 he spent 23 years at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, first working on the building blocks of the genetic code and then pioneering novel studies in neurosciences. He has discovered a novel step in the evolution of the nervous system that gives new insights to mind-body (psychophysiological) states and how to control these states. He has been published widely in scientific journals and conducted three clinical trials using Kundalini Yoga meditation techniques for treating obsessive compulsive disorders and OC spectrum disorders. He pioneered the use of whole-head magnetoencephalography brain imaging to study these and other yogic meditation techniques.

He has presented and taught Kundalini Yoga Meditation at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meetings 11 times (including 10 full day CME courses) since 2003 for a wide range of psychiatric disorders.

He has written four books that include 100+ different meditation techniques and disorder-specific protocols for all major psychiatric disorders. His 3 books published by W. W. Norton and Co. include Kundalini Yoga Meditation: Techniques Specific for Psychiatric Disorders, Couples Therapy, and Personal Growth, 2006; Kundalini Yoga Meditation for Complex Psychiatric Disorders: Techniques Specific for Treating the Psychoses, Personality, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, 2010; Sacred Therapies: The Kundalini Yoga Meditation Handbook for Mental Health, 2012. And Psychophysiological States: The Ultradian Dynamics of Mind-Body Interactions, Academic Press (Elsevier Scientific Publications), 2008.


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