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USF Center for India Studies Hosts Symposium on Wellness Traditions
March 30, 2011

The USF Center for India Studies will host its first symposium in early April at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. Titled “Mind-Body-Consciousness: Holistic Wellness Traditions of India”, the symposium will bring together the USF and the Tampa Bay community.

The discussion will bring to the forefront existing research in the areas of wellness tradition like yoga and meditation, while introducing the lesser known modalities such as Naturopathy. Director of the Center for India Studies, Dr. Gurleen Grewal says that the long-term purpose behind hosting the symposium is to open up the floor to future promotion of teaching and research in wellness traditions as well as recognize the significance that such traditions have earned in the western world.

According to Dr. Grewal, wellness traditions from India have been at the cutting edge of medical research over the last 30 years. Approximately a decade ago, USF was host to an international conference on yoga organized by Dr. Ann Debaldo and has consistently seen active research in wellness traditions through the Moffitt Center for Research and the USF College of Nursing. The symposium will be an answer to the question of pooling together resources within USF and Tampa Bay with regard to wellness traditions.

The symposium will be held on April 8th from 2-5 PM and April 9th from 9-5 PM at the Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions. While there is no cost to attend, registration for this symposium is required in advance. The last date to register is Tuesday, April 5, 2011. To register send your name and contact information to or call (813) 974-3724.

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