Wellness Day Talk: Yoga and Depression

Sudha Prathikanti MDSaturday, June 29, 2019
1:30 –3:30 pm
Tuition: $25.00 (Member $20.00)
or $40 for the whole Wellness Day

The sixth in our series of presenters for our monthly Wellness Day Program is Integrative Psychiatrist Dr. Sudha Prathikanti.

Dr. Prathikanti is keenly interested in discovering which complementary and alternative therapies may show scientific efficacy in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. 

In 2017, she and her co-investigators published an intriguing research study, Treating Major Depression with Yoga: A Prospective Randomized, Controlled Pilot Trial. This is the first rigorous scientific study outside of India to examine yoga as a solo therapy in diagnosed major depression. Results show that in adults with mild-to-moderate major depression, practicing hatha yoga twice-weekly for 8 weeks is associated with statistically and clinically significant reductions in depression severity. This is great news.

Hear more about mental health and Dr. Prathikanti's holistic approach, including some recommended practices. As always, bring your questions.

Wellness Day also includes an active (and fun) focus on health from 4:00-6:00pm which includes movement, breathing, relaxation, goal-setting and a healthy, vegetarian meal. Come to just the talk or both!


Sudha Prathikanti, MD

Sudha Prathikanti, MD, is Board certified in Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is also a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. At the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), she founded both the Integrative Psychiatry service and the Ayurveda consultation service at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, working there as core faculty from 2003–2011. She continues to teach at UCSF as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, and her research on treating depression with yoga has been featured in local and national media.

In her clinical care, Dr. Prathikanti has helped individuals find emotional balance in many challenging contexts, including serious medical illness, chronic pain, and lifecycle transitions related to pregnancy, infertility, or interpersonal loss. Her treatment plans may include Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, herbs, and Jungian dreamwork.