The workshop blended traditional aspects of yoga with the support of the scientific research Philip has been involved with concerning neurophysiology and the breath. The workshop was informative, practical and highly enjoyable. I found I was able to understand the information clearly. It gave me greater confidence with the teachings I have learned through my yoga training, and clarified some cloudy teachings. The attendees ranged from teachers to relatively new students and we all walked away with something. The teachers particularly enjoyed the clarification and new ideas they received. As a facilitator I personally enjoyed (and learned from) how Philip handled the workshop, particularly the warm up postures... He stimulated interest and curiosity... He was clear with his answers and kept it moving and lively. I would be happy to recommend Philip to any group, yoga oriented or general public as his knowledge and facilitating skills are excellent and would adapt to any workshop or seminar relating to his field.
Philip participated at the “4th International Conference on Frontiers of Yoga Research & Applications” held in Bangalore, INDIA in as an invited speaker. His paper on “Brain Research and Yoga” was highly appreciated by the delegates. We the organizers of the Conference felt honoured by his presence. His presence added real flavour to the frontier areas of research in Yoga.
I had the pleasure of having Philip conduct a half-day seminar on his medical research work at the University of Adelaide to a group in our Sydney headquarters. I could not praise his work enough: Style of presentation: Excellent. Rapport with Audience: Deep empathy and responsiveness. Teaching Ability: Extremely knowledgeable and talented communicator blending the theoretical with practical application superbly. Good use of humour throughout. Use of Visual overheads: Perfect for the occasion. Philip is a born teacher and lecturer, as well as a world-class, leading researcher in the psychophysiology of Yoga. His presence and presentation was a delight to all.
Completing a Masters Degree by Research in the Department of Behavioural and Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Science, University of Sydney, Cumberland Campus, Lidcombe, NSW... studying "The Effects of Yoga on the Behaviour of Boys with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder". I also work as A Support Teacher for Behaviour within the Department of Education and Training, NSW. As an indication of the level of expertise that I consider Philip has in his field, he was invited by Associate Professor Dianna Kenny from the above mentioned Dept. to be on a panel addressing questions posed by representatives of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), in connection to a grant I was applying for. While he was in Sydney in June, 2000 he presented two public seminars on how certain yogic breathing techniques affect the brain and nervous system as well as some of the results of his own medical research. As a fellow researcher of the effects of yoga on the human brain, I regard Philip's presentation as an indication of his ability as a capable and competent public speaker in this field. He presented complex information in a clear and uncomplicated way to a group of people who were interested in Yoga but not necessarily studying it at a tertiary level. He made good use of a variety of visual aids and other resources in a suitable venue. He was able to handle members of the audience and their questions in such a way that kept it relevant to his topic. I can highly recommend him as a competent public speaker, his seminar and content was presented in a most professional manner.
I attended a public seminar hosted by Philip. The subject was the topic of Philip's research studies - "Yoga and the Nervous System". The seminar was very informative and I was intrigued to find out that yoga, a very spiritual practice, has a lot of scientific grounds on which the philosophy is based. It was equally exciting to be able to walk away with simple daily practices in meditation which could be applied in my life and which now have a profound effect on my day-to-day living.
I had the pleasure and privilege of listening to a most interesting and instructive talk on “Yoga and Neurophysiology” given by Philip... His insight into the working of the brain and how certain simple but powerful, ancient yogic techniques influenced its working to the benefit of man was most illuminating and reassuring. He is a pioneer in this field of brain research. He illustrated his talk with very colourful overhead projections. I’m only sorry that sufficient time was not allocated to him to do justice to the depth of his study and research. His presentation of his subject was excellent. He is a source of inspiration and motivation to others to follow his lead and research into the hidden secrets of the science of yoga – the mother of sciences, and unravel their mysteries to the greater good of mankind.
Philip’s workshop on Yoga and Stress has proved to be very inspirational in my own teaching. I found he taught clearly and effectively several yoga breath techniques which I now pass on to my own students. He was able to provide me with a clear map of how the yoga breath techniques worked to reduce the heart rate, lower blood pressure and increase longevity. I have found the full breath with raising of arms, the Ujjayi breath and the humming breath to really make a difference with the women I work with. The pregnant women I see have found the breath work to help reduce their stress and anxiety during the pregnancy as well as using the techniques to focus and maintain their peace of mind during labour.
Impressive, humorous and crisp presentation on the topic “Yoga, Breathing and Brain Research” as an invited guest speaker on medical applications of Yoga. His contribution as a panelist at the panel discussion was valuable. Questions poured in about his area of research on Yoga for children, melatonin, biorhythms, etc. We feel that it was a great privilege to have had him as our honorable speaker at this conference.