Dr. H.R. Nagendra
President of S-VYASA, Bangalore
S-VYASA, International, VYERTI, Melbourne
Vice Chancellor of S-VYASA Deemed University
DR. H.R. NAGENDRA – Dr. Nagendra, a former space scientist at NASA returned to his native India, changing, as he says, from engineering to human engineering “in search of truth”. Through external means (SCIENCE) did not take him far enough and that is why he chose to dive deep into his own consciousness in search of reality through yoga. He then proceeded to deal with this subject in the scientific manner he has become accustomed to.
In 1975, Dr. Nagendra established the internationally famous Vivekananda Kendra Yoga Research Foundation (or V K YOGAS) which has been renamed Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandana SAmsthana (S-VYASA).
Dr. Nagendra Born on Jan 1, 1943, Nagendra is at present the President of S-VYASA, Bangalore, S-VYASA, International, VYERTI, Melbourne and Vice Chancellor of S-VYASA Deemed University. He has authored and cop-authored about 35 books on yoga, nearly 35 research papers in engineering and 60 in yoga. He has awards from the Ministry of Health, a Yoga Sri award from BKS lyengar and a sensor Citizens award from New Delhi. He is consultant in Yoga to many Universities in Australia and USA, member of several bodies in Govt. of India. After Graduation, Nagendra got ME and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science in 1965 and 1968, researched at University of British Columbia, Canada, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL as Post Doctoral Research Associate and at Harvard University Engineering Sciences laboratory as a Consultant between 1969 and 72 and Imperial College of S and T, London before he returned to IISc.
He joined Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumar, a service mission as an honorary director of training in 1975. Developing yoga and yoga therapy programs for the modern youth and ailing sick with Dr Nagarathna, he spent nearly a decade before shifting his head Quarters to Bangalore, Prashanti Kutiram to translate the vision of Swami Vivekananda to combine the best of the east with the best of East by combining modern scientific research to examine the efficacy of yoga to solve the challenges of the modern era. As the team developed, the campus Prasashanti Kutiram took shape, the research papers started getting published in leading main stream journals of the world, S-VYASA started gaining greater momentum with nearly about 70 research publications on yoga, about 200 dissertations by students of Certificate and Diploma Courses, about 65 dissertations of Masters degree in yoga and 6 thesis of PhD, acquiring accreditation from DST, Ministry of Health and FW, Dept of AYUSH, UGC recognizing it as one of the premier yoga institutes of the country, recognized by Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore and Rajiv Gandhi Universities from 1991 to 2001, Hindu University of America in 2002 and finally acquiring the status of a Deemed University named Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (Research Foundation) SVYASA for short, in 2003 offering courses from Certificate to Doctoral program in Yogic Sciences.
In search of reality, Dr. HR Nagendra found that the modern science has only touched the physical and creation has many subtle and causal dimensions which ancient Seers of India has fathomed, realized, documented and time tested for its usefulness. So he jumped into this wisdom contained in Upanishads of Yoga and spiritual lore. He was fascinated by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda who brought out his great wisdom in modern terminology and urged to combine the best of the West with the best of the East.
He has been instrumental in co-ordinating the efforts of several people to bring up a 35 Acres campus of scenic beauty twenty miles from Bangalore and 5kms from Bannerghatta-Jigni-Anekal National High Way. The campus is the developing Head Quarters of S-VYASA with research as the main aim. Prashanti has developed into a 250 bedded in depth research center of yoga of international acclaim called Arogyadhama including Surabhi – a Naturopathy and Ayurveda Facility to treat the patients and promote positive health with prashanti also houses an intensive, holistic 30 beds Cancer Calre Center.
ACHIEVEMENT AND CONTRIBUTIONs
Ph.D Dissertations: Natural Convection in vertical Annular Spaces. Department of Mechanical Engineering, I.I.Sc, Bangalore 1968.
Research Papers (Engineering) published in National & International engineering journals: 30 Nos.
Research Papers published in the field of Yoga in National & International journals 72 Nos.
Research Papers presented in National & International conference in Engineering On Yoga: 300 Nos.
Key note addresses in National & International conference : 60 Nos.
Yoga Research reports published : 32 Nos.
Yoga books published : 26 Nos. Editor in Chief ‘IJOY’ (International Journal of Yoga) Editor of monthly magazine ‘Yoga Sudha’ and on the editorial board of monthly Yuva Bharati, ‘Yoga life’.
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
Many prestigious awards received by guruji like
Yoga shree award by Padmashri Yogacharya BKS lyengar, Award by the Chief Minister, Govt of Delhi for contributions in the field of Yoga Therapy 1995 Recipient of Patanjali award 1997 for the contributions in the field of the yoga by ISM & H, Ministtry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, Bhaskar award, “Distinguished leadership Award” for his service to humanity.
National citizen’ award, Bharata Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya Science Award – 2010 for the contributions in the field of Yoga Education and Yoga Therapy.
Member of the Governing Council of Central Institute of Yoga Research, New Delhi.
Member of the working group of Experts for planning commission under the Ministry of health (Indian Systems of medicine).
Member of the working group of Experts for preparation and approval of syllabus for courses in Yoga and Naturopathy under the ministry of Health (Indian System of Medicine).
Member of the working group of Experts for preparation and approval of syllabus for Post Graduate course in Yoga of Bangalore University. The member of selection board for selecting candidates to be deputed abroad by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, New Delhi.
Member of the Board of studies in Yoga in Maharshi Dayananda Saraswati University, Ajmer and also for Bangalore and Mangalore Universities.
Member of the expert committee of Ayurveda in NIMHANS University.
Chairman of a documentation committee set up by CCRYN, Ministry of Health & Food Government of India, New delhi.
Consultation Yoga, Swinbun University, school of integrative Medicine, Melbourne.
Member, Governing Council of Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore.
Vice-President, Indian Yoga Association Working President, Vishwa Mangala Gou Grama Yathra Kannada Rajyothsava Award (for Organization) 2010.