Kriya Yoga Institute


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What: Free, in-person symposium

Who: Hosted by Kriya Yoga Institute in partnership with the Osher Center for Integrative Health; Commemorating 50 Years of Shri Paramahamsa Hariharananda Giri in the West – The Vision of the Great Master.

When: Saturday, May 25, 2024, from 3 pm – 6:30 pm EST

Where: University of Miami – Student Center Complex – Grand Ballroom |1330 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 | PARKING at Pavia & Levante Garages ($3.00/hr or $13.00/day)

MIAMI – (5/25/2024) – This symposium will explore mind and body relationships from the perspectives of both Western and Eastern Medical Science, and Spirituality in the light of the Ancient Science of Kriya Yoga Meditation. New research increasingly points to the role of the mind and body interactions, and to incorporating self-care practices to reduce stress, anxiety and find inner peace, thus enabling us to partake of the natural balance we are meant to have. The speakers will expound the available solutions from a holistic perspective, such as and the relationship between the Mind, Body, and Breath, as well as to how Yogic Meditation practice and Mindfulness can be applied to address chronic disease.  The audience will be treated to a presentation on the ancient system of Ayurveda which blends science and spirituality in its focus on a healthy lifestyle and incorporating self-care practices such as “Marma therapy”. The panel consists of three distinguished speakers who represent Western allopathic medicine, Eastern medicine, and the most ancient spiritual path of Yogic Meditation – Kriya Yoga.



Paramahamsa Prajnanananda. Paramahamsa Prajnanananda is the current spiritual leader of the Kriya Yoga International organizations. Born in Odisha, India, he was raised in a profound spiritual environment that inspired his search for Truth. In 1980, while still a college student of economics, he met Paramahamsa Hariharananda, who initiated him into Kriya Yoga, and fifteen years later, into the sacred path of sannyasa. After only three years, at the early age of 39, his master conferred upon him the highest title of Paramahamsa, a designation reserved for monks and saints who have attained the summit of God-realization. Author of many books on the science of yoga, practical guidelines to the application of the wisdom of Vedantic philosophy, and insightful metaphorical commentaries on the major holy scriptures and world religions, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda binds and bridges Eastern and Western cultures with a harmonious, fresh, and non-sectarian approach.


David J. Lee, PhD. David Lee, Ph.D., is a professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Lee is a chronic disease and occupational epidemiologist with interests in the application of mind-body practices such as meditation and yoga in the management of chronic conditions and for workers employed in high-stress occupations. He has researched the psychological benefits of mindfulness training in educators, examined the prevalence of these practices across the United States, and has developed coursework for students on the benefits of mind-body practices in public health and medicine.


Anisha Durve D.O.M., A.D.  Anisha is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and an Ayurvedic Doctor at the University of Miami’s Osher Center for Integrative Health since 2022. In 2000, Anisha graduated from the Southwest College of Acupuncture in New Mexico with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and then interned at the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing. She has been in clinical practice for 24+ years integrating acupuncture with her unique blended style of acupressure, guided meditation, breathwork, pranic healing, and sound healing. She co-authored a clinical textbook on acupressure in 2008 with Dr. Vasant Lad titled Marma Points of Ayurveda that teaches patients self-care techniques with acupressure. Anisha is also an Ayur-yoga therapist, meditation instructor, and passionate about teaching patients how to thrive with Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle counseling. She has been teaching different styles of meditation since 1997 and has designed her own Meditation Bliss app. www.Anisha.guru.

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Sat, May 25, 2024 @ 03:00 PM to
Sat, May 25, 2024 @ 06:30 PM

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