Weekly Yoga Therapy Sessions

Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, CAP

Since 2006, Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, CAP and Chair of Taksha’s Center for Integrative Medicine and Yoga (CIMY) has volunteered his time as a community service to conduct Yoga Therapy Classes on the topic of Daily Practice, each session being two hours long, two or three times weekly, in Virginia’s Hampton Roads area. (See the YSN Calendar for details.) In contrast with other types of yoga classes, Dr. Sarkar teaches Yoga Therapy, or the “therapeutic outcome of yoga,” using the philosophy of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra-s (Yoga Aphorisms) and the practice of “Ashtanga Yoga” (8-limbed Yoga). In Yoga Therapy, the “para-sympathetic response” (relaxation response) is invoked, to induce physical and mental relaxation, in contrast to invoking the body’s “sympathetic response” that occurs in exercise or other yoga practices.

These classes are sponsored jointly by Taksha Institute Center for Integrative Medicine and Yoga (CIMY) and Patanjali Yog Samiti (a Yog teaching body of Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust, Haridwar, India), with Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust USA, Inc.

Dr. Sarkar is assisted by his volunteer team of yoga instructors, including Abha Gupta, PhD, and in her absence, guest instructors Saghana Chakrabortty, MD,  Ganapati Myneni, MD, Frank Alvarado, Piary Siobhan, and Aruna Swarup, pictured below, and Ramani Kotaru and Aparna Bararia Shah (not pictured).

Abha Gupta, PhD and YSN Editor in Chief

Saghana Chakrabortty, MD

Ganapati Myneni, PhD

Frank Alvarado









Piary Sioban

Aruna Swarup








TI Yoga Therapy Seminars/Workshops (as scheduled)

Under Dr. Sarkar’s leadership, TI also organizes Yoga Therapy seminars, workshops, or retreats, as scheduled. These events are conducted in either in-person or virtual electronic (e.g., webex) format, provided at any location world wide. They range from 3 to 24 hours long, and include topics such as Integrative Medicine, Integrative Nutrition, Yoga Therapy for Chronic Ailments, Yoga Therapy for Reproductive Health of Women and Men, Daily Practice, Ayurveda and Yoga, etc.

See the full list of Yoga and Health related topics at the TI web site:

Disclaimer & Rules Form for Participants

Attendance at any of the Taksha-sponsored or co-sponsored Yoga Therapy practice classes requires a signed Disclaimer & Rules Form for Participants, available by clicking here.

Multimedia Resources

See Bookstore for available books and DVD sets published by A. Deepak Publishing, a branch of Taksha Institute.