Panel Discussions

The Yoga Institute has put together panel discussions featuring special dignitaries renowned for their spectacular contributions in the world of yoga, health, spiritual transformation and good living who will reiterate the importance of yoga in today’s day and age. Among the world renowned yogis, spiritual leaders and life coaches who are sure to guarantee a full house are DR. Hansaji Yogendra, Dr. H.R. Nagendra, Chidanand Saraswati, D.R. Kartikeyan, Dr. Lokesh Muni, and Dr. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati.


From the Medical fraternity, renowned doctors like Dr. Harish Shetty, Dr. Shantaram Shetty, Dr. Mamtora and many more will give in their insights on ” Integrating Traditional Medicine with Modern Medicine”



Director, The Yoga Institute


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MBBS, DM – Cardiology, MD – General Medicine

Dr. Hansaji Yogendra is currently the Director of The Yoga Institute, Mumbai, the world’s oldest organised Yoga center, which is in its 100th year. She is also the Chairperson of Yoga Certification Committee for Quality Council of India (QCI); President of International Board of Yoga; and Senior Vice President International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). She is the leading face of householder Yoga and has conducted over 1,00,000 theoretical and practical sessions of Yoga till date. Her significant contributions in areas like Yoga education, research, experiential learning, standardisation of Yoga practices have been widely recognized. under her guidance, The Yoga Institute received the Prime Minister’s Award for outstanding contribution for promotion and development of Yoga in the year 2018, by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India

Dr. Lekha Pathak is considered as one of the best cardiologist in Mumbai as she holds more than 46 years of experience into cardiovascular surgery. She Currently practices at Nanavati Hospital & Dr. LH Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai a multispecialty hospitals in India. Prior to this she was the honorary Director Professor & head of Cardiology department at Grant Medical college & JJ Group of hospital & Nanavati Heart institute, Mumbai. She is one of the member of committee of D.Y Patil university. In 2008 she has been awarded with life time achievement award by Ex. President Late APJ Abdul Kalam for outstanding contribution in the field of cardiology. She has been named as one of the best cardiologist in India.


President, Indian Yoga Association



B.A.M.S, MD,

Dean R. A. Podar Ayurved Medical College, Mumbai

Best known as the personal yoga consultant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dr. H.R. Nagendra needs no introduction. The yoga researcher, academic and writer has authored 35 books and over 100 research papers on yoga. He is the founder and vice chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA), a deemed university in Bengaluru. In 2016, the government of India awarded him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour, for his contributions to society.

Dr. Govind Yadaorao Khati, B.A.M.S, MD, Dean R. A. Podar Ayurved Medical College, Mumbai. He has completed B.A.M.S (Nagpur University) M.D. (KAYACHIKITSA), Gujarat Ayurved University , Jamnagar, M.D. (SAMHITA) , Bombay University. Successful Dean since May 2011 till date, total experience is expanding for more than twenty four years. His contribution to many Research Publication  and in Various Journals have been widely recognized. Known for his expertise in Sanskrut Samhita Sidhant.


President, Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh



MS, D. Ortho -Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, Mumbai

Swami Chidanand Saraswati is the president and spiritual head of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh and the founder and spiritual head of the Hindi Jain Temple in Pittsburgh, USA. In addition, he is the founder or co-founder of several humanitarian and environmental organizations like Ganga Action Parivar, the India Heritage Research Foundation (IHRF), the Divine Shakti Foundation, Project Hope and several more.

Dr. P. S. Mamtora- Surgery and Orthopaedics specialist, Mumbai.  He completed his education in MS, D.Ortho and specialized in Orthopedic Surgery. He has worked with thousands of patients and taught them yoga way of life. He was appointed Chief Research Coordinator: IBY, The Yoga Institute, Santacruz, Mumbai 400055. Co Author of Yoga for back and joint disorders Research, Facts and Programme. He has been central to the success of this unique project.


Former CBI Director



General Physician, Mumbai

D.R. Kartikeyan is the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, director general of the National Human Rights Commission (India) and special director general of the Central Reserve Police Force. He travels widely to places considered holy by various groups, for example to Kailash-Manasarovar, the holiest of holy places for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains in Tibet and Jerusalem, the holiest city for Christians and Jews and the second holiest place for Muslims. Drawing from his vast experience, Shri Kartikeyan addresses gatherings in educational institutions, professional circles, police and other training academies, and at public functions, speaking about socially relevant subjects such as values, human rights, leadership, crisis management and investigation.

He is a Renowned Consultant and General family Physician for the past 35 years. He is a highly trained professional who has provided non-surgical health care to patients ranging from infants to adults. He has worked with thousands of patients and taught them yoga way of life. He is the Asst. Secretary Mumbai-West Sub Faculty of IMA-CGP. He was appointed Chief Research Coordinator: IBY, The Yoga Institute, Santacruz, Mumbai. Co Author of yoga research book: How to reverse heart disease -The yogic way – Research, Facts and Programme. He has been central to the success of this unique project. The findings for the project have been widely accepted by the International medical fraternity. Also he has presented & published research yoga papers at various National and International conferences.

Dr. Lokesh Muni


Founder, Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti




Dr. Lokesh Muni is a social reformer, versatile thinker, writer and poet. For the last 30 years, he has been continuously making efforts for establishing communal harmony, non-violence, peace and mutual cooperation in society, drawing on meditation, yoga and current scientific research. He has been honoured with many national and international awards, among them the “National Communal Harmony Award 2010” by the Government of India and the United Nations’ “Ambassador of Peace Award” in 2014.

Dr. Chittal has been associated with Lilavati Hospital for 16 years. He has an overall experience of 33 years. He has undergone training at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, USA & Children’s Hospital, Michigan, USA. He has a Gold medal in D C H. Awarded Bhagat Oration by KEM Hospital & G S Medical College, Mumbai in April 2014. Chaired and addressed National & International conferences.


President, Divine Shakti Foundation

Though originally from Hollywood, California, Dr. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati lives at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh most of the year, giving daily spiritual discourses and satsangs, teaches meditation, provides counseling and oversees a myriad of charitable and humanitarian projects and activities, among them as secretary general of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance that promotes clean water, sanitation and hygiene. She is also the president of the Divine Shakti Foundation and director of the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh.



Global Leading Holistic Health Guru



MD – Psychiatry, MBBS.

Dr. Mickey Mehta has been a leading global holistic health guru and a corporate life coach for 36 years. He has a Double Honorary Doctorate in Holistic Health and Life Sciences from the Open International University for Complementary Medicines. Mickey was awarded the Health and Wellness Icon Award of India by the Economic Times and is recognised as one of the 100 Most Impactful Wellness Leaders of the World by the Global Wellness Conclave. Mickey has had the rare distinction of being invited to speak at Harvard University, and at the likes of the IIMs, IIT and other coveted universities. He has held holistic health workshops in USA, Oman, Thailand, Hong Kong, UAE, Turkey and Sri Lanka. His new Book Shed Eat is being launched by with Amazon and is a 28 day transformation guide to wellness.

Dr. Harish Shetty is one of the best Psychiatrists in Mumbai. He has been a practicing Psychiatrist for 36 years. MD – Psychiatry, MBBS. He is currently practicing at Nityanand Nursing Home and Dr. L H Hiranandani Hospital. He is also a member of Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Indian Psychiatric Society. He is also present on the advisory board of top counseling and wellness centers. He writes unflinching views on the latest changes in society, its people, especially the effect on children and youth. He has taught many of the patients the yoga way of life to achieve holistic wellness.