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Institute for Yoga and Consciousness

The Institute for Yoga and Consciousness was established in 1985 at Andhra University, Andhra Pradesh, India, by K. Ramakrishna Rao. Earlier, in 1967, Rao had been responsible for setting up the Department of Psychology and Parapsychology at the school, which became the center for the dissemination of information about parapsychology in India. In 1977 Rao moved to North Carolina to become head of the Institute for Parapsychology. While there he became aware of the new interest in consciousness studies. In 1984 he returned to India to become vice chancellor at his former school. In that position he set up the first Indian center to dedicate itself to consciousness research with a special reference to yoga and the popular consciousness-altering techniques developed by the various yoga disciplines.

Rao became the first director of the new institute, but in 1987 he came back to the United States and again resumed his leadership of the Institute for Parapsychology. The Institute for Yoga and Consciousness continued its program of research in consciousness and paranormal powers in the context of Indian spiritual belief and practice. The institute also conducted a practical program assisting individuals in using its findings in a personal program of self-discovery through yoga, meditation, counseling, and psychotherapy. Current address available.

Sources:

Rao, K. R. The Basic Experiments in Parapsychology. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1984.

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