Hyderabad, 02 November 2022.

Heartfulness, in association with its supporting organizations, has announced the first international Integrative Health Wellness (IHW) 2022 conference that will be held in Hyderabad between 16-18 December at Kanha Shanti Vanam – the Headquarters of Heartfulness. This one-of-a-kind conference includes conventional and integrative holistic approaches to health and wellness backed by research. The conference is supported by the Ministry of AYUSH, Dept. of Horticulture, Telangana, NIPER, Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, NIMHANS, AIIMS Raipur, and Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University. 

The IHW conference is expected to have over 3000 participants worldwide, including physicians, nurses, allied healthcare professionals, established and budding researchers, students, and wellness enthusiasts interested in pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical approaches to health and wellbeing. The medical fraternity will include members from across Allopathy and AYUSH streams of medicine.  

The theme for this initial conference of IHW is “Inspire, Innovate and Integrate” which will explore the integrative practices for overall health and wellbeing and becoming the change in the world. The conference is intended to make the well-researched traditional and wisdom practices of health and wellbeing available to all. The conference is also intended to nurture a renewed sense of well-being to impact those around us.  

Experts and thought leaders will share their research, experience, and wisdom in the field of health and well-being through presentations, panel discussions, and group activities. The conference will also include abstract submissions from participants in the fields of conventional as well as complementary health and well-being traditions. The selected abstracts will be included in the conference proceedings as posters or oral presentations.  

The key speakers at the event will include Shri Kamlesh Patel ‘Daaji’ – Guide of Heartfulness; Dr. M. R. Jayaram, Chancellor, MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Dr. Randeep Guleria, Ex Director, AIIMS, Dr. Jaideep Arya, Chief Coordinator, Patanjali Yogpeeth, Dr. Satbir Khalsa – Associate Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Mr. Eddie Stern – Author, Yoga Teacher; Dr. Sara Lazar – Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School; Dr. Rollin McCraty – Director of research at the HeartMath Institute, professor at Florida Atlantic University; Dr. Chinmaya Pandya – Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya; Dr. Shirley Telles – Director at Patanjali Research Foundation; Dr. Shashi Bala Singh – Director at National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Hyderabad; Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati – Bestselling Author – Hollywood To The Himalayas: A Journey of Healing & Transformation; Dr. Raghavendra Rao – Director at Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India; Dr. Bindu Kutty – Professor, NIMHANS; Dr. Ranjani Iyer – Director, Heartfulness Program for Schools; Dr. Snehal Deshpande – Director of Heartfulness CME, India, Dr. K. Uma Devi,Professor,  University Head (Retd.), PJTS Agricultural University, Dr. Krishnamurthy Jayanna – Professor and Dean, faculty of Life and Allied health sciences, MS Ramaiah University of applied sciences; Dr. Sachin Ranade – Senior Editor, Nature Neurosciences among others.  

Ms. Ekta Boudrlique, Conference Convenor said, “There is a growing awareness now that the overall health depends not only the physical and physiological aspect of it, but also the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of wellness. Research has proven that meditation is one tool that helps in acquiring the perfect balance within thereby leading to holistic wellness. Heartfulness meditation through Pranahuti has been particularly beneficial in this regard as testified by various University studies and research in the US. Our panel of doctors here and elsewhere strongly believe in the integrity of these aspects for overall wellbeing.” 

The esteemed speakers are slated to discuss the limited scope or complexity of Health to the common Citizen; patient-centric healthcare to empower patients to choose and integrate different approaches of medicine into their life; and cultivating a holistic approach to emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. The conference will host Panel Discussions, Presentations, Workshops, Exhibitions, Networking, Music, Yoga, and Meditation as part of the agenda.