Principal investigators

Go Inwards is fortunate to have some of the most prolific and respected yoga researchers onboard our team. In addition to having an analytical mind, they also bear the flexibility and ability to think outside-the-box. Their tolerance to ambiguity is a strategic asset when formulating the best approaches to investigating the unknown. Their convincing theories are grounded by the experience from their own personal practices that makes their research and experimental studies so unique.


Dr Shirley Telles

Director of Research, Patanjali Research Foundation
  • Principal Investigator, Indian Council of Medical Research Center for Advanced Research in Yoga and Neurophysiology, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, Bangalore

  • Director of Research, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, Bangalore

  • Joint Director of Research, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, Bangalore

  • Assistant Director of Research, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, Bangalore

  • Senior Research Fellow, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore India

Funded projects as Principal Investigator
  • Mapping neurophysiological, neurochemical and cerebral blood flow changes in attention processes related to yoga

  • Neurophysiological Correlates of Phases of Wakefulness and Sleep in Meditators

  • Cognitive Changes following Specific Yoga Breathing Practices

  • Yoga for computer-related health problems

  • Uni-nostril yoga breathing and obesity: A study of efficacy and mechanisms

  • Infrastructural grant under the DST-FIST scheme from Dept of Science and Technology

  • Use of Ayurveda and Yoga in the promotion of positive health in a geriatric population

  • Effect of yoga on human visual performance as relevant to aviation


William Meyer

NYU Steinhardt Doctoral Student

Bill has taught history, economics, and humanities in urban and suburban high schools. He has also taught meditation to students of all ages, served as the adviser to student-led meditation clubs, and created a humanities elective for students seeking to incorporate meditation into their rigorous academic lives. He has taught workshops and professional development courses on meditation for other educators and has spoken on meditation and education at retreats and education conferences throughout the country.

He is the author of two middle reader novels published by Sleeping Bear Press, as well as Big Breath, a guided meditation children's book and Three Breaths, a manual for meditation in the classroom. He holds a BA from Dartmouth and an MA in education and teaching from Harvard. He is currently completing a PhD from NYU.


Dr Soumitra Basu

M.B.B.S, D.P.M, MD in Psychiatry Free-lance consultant in psychiatry
  • Free-lance consultant in psychiatry, counselling and integral health approach since 1982

  • Consultant psychiatric practice in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry

  • Faculty, Master of Social Work Course, Vidyasagar University

  • Editor, New Approaches to Medicine and Health (NAMAH) since initiation in 1993

  • Director, Institute of Integral Yoga Psychology, Auroshakti Foundation, India

  • Secretary, Mirravision Public Charitable Trust

  • Written numerous articles for various journals on psychiatry, counselling and consciousness-based psychology (Integral Yoga Psychology)

  • Written several articles pertaining to Sri Aurobindo's psychological and socio-political thought

  • Author of book titled Integral Health

  • Sri Aurobindo's Integral Yoga; Spirituality based counselling; Boy Scouts' movement