Dr. Shirley Telles has a degree in conventional medicine (MBBS) and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in neurophysiology. Both her M.Phil. and Ph.D. theses focused on the effects of Yoga practice. Dr. Telles received a Fulbright fellowship in 1998 and in 2007 she received an award from the Indian Council of Medical Research Center for Advanced Research to study the effects of meditation through autonomic variables, evoked and event-related potentials, polysomnography and fMRI. Dr. Telles has been the director of the Patanjali Research Foundation in Haridwar, India, since 2007. Dr. Telles has over 160 research papers cited in major databases and is an enthusiastic practitioner of Yoga.