Research Interest

Impact of global ancient knowledge systems on all aspects of the human experience : our mind , body and behaviour ; the society we comprise of; and the world we live in.

Being associated with the ancient knowledge systems of India for the past 20+ years and a meditation trainer for more than 15 years, Divya realised that the gap between science and ancient knowledge systems can be reduced. Global Ancient Knowledge Systems refers to the beliefs, practices and techniques found in the world’s oldest cultures. They are  based on ancient wisdom and are being validated increasingly with modern science and also being used extensively to solve modern day problems be it mental, physical, behavioral or the cumulative problems in society and world.

Divya’s specific focus areas encompass studying the changes in mental health of adults and children with the practice of ancient knowledge based techniques. It is necessary to find holistic effective solutions to mitigate the poor mental health and stress , and equally important to investigate ways to enhance the positive mental health attributes. Along with mental health she has led many studies on ancient knowledge based solutions to address global physical health challenges like non communicable diseases, gut health and insomnia. 

She is also focused on finding evidence-based solutions based on ancient knowledge systems to improve the quality of life of vulnerable populations like children with visual impairment , incarcerated adults and those suffering from violence and insurgency. 

The world faces numerous challenges , it’s time to innovate solutions that can be effective and replicable. Another focus area for Divya is to understand if ancient knowledge systems can address the common issues we face as humans like climate change, environmental degradation, lack of sustainable consumption. Keeping in line with Art of Living’s and Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s vision she also focuses on investigating the impact of ancient knowledge systems on creating peace and harmony around the globe. 


• “The Association of Sudarshan Kriya Yoga with Happiness: A Case-Control Observational Study from Singapore.” Journal of Happiness Studies, 2021. Robert A. Sloan, Divya Kanchibhotla. 

“The Infuence of Sudarshan Kriya Yoga on Sleep Quality in Indian Adults: An Open Trial Pilot Study”. Sleep and Vigilance. Divya Kanchibhotla , Sheel Galada Parekh, Prateek Harsora , Shashank Kulkarni.

•  “Enhancement of the Cognitive Abilities in Visually Impaired Children Following a Yoga Based Intervention.” Annals Yoga and Physical Therapy – Volume 5 Issue 1 – 2021.s Kanchibhotla D, Subramanian S and Kulkarni S.

•  “Improvement in Cognitive Abilities, Mental and Emotional Well-being of Teenagers following a Meditation Retreat: An Open- Trial Pilot Study.” Adolescent Psychiatry, 2020, 10, 00-00. Divya Kanchibhotla1, Saumya Subramanian and Shashank Kulkarni.

•  “Impact of a Yogic Breathing Technique on the Well-Being of Healthcare Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Global Advances in Health and Medicine Volume 10: 1–8, 2021. Kanchibhotla Divya, Saisudha Bharathi, Ramrakhyani Somya, and Mehta H Darshan.

•  “Improvement in Gastrointestinal Quality of Life Index (GIQLI) following meditation: An open-trial pilot study in India.” Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, 2021. Divya Kanchibhotla, Peeyush Sharma, Saumya Subramanian.

•  “Association of yogic breathing with perceived stress and conception of strengths and difficulties in teenagers.” Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 1–12, 2021. Divya Kanchibhotla, Saumya Subramanian and Bharti Kaushik.

“Association Between Yogic Breathing Practice With Perceived Impact of COVID-19: A Cross-Sectional Study From India. “Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health 1–3 © 2020. Parimala and Divya Kanchibhotla. 

•  ” The association of Sudarshan Kriya Yoga frequency with sleep quality: a cross-sectional study from Singapore. “Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020. Robert A. Sloan & Divya Kanchibhotla.

” Compatibility of Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Living with Urbanization: A Case-study of The Art of Living International Center near Bengaluru”. Journal of Sustainable Development; Vol. 13, No. 5; 2020. Divya Kanchibhotla, Nupur Rao & Prateek Harsora. 

“Intuition Program: A Unique Yoga and Breathing Program that enhances Intuitive Ability and Cognition in Children”, May 2019 International Journal of Current Advanced Research, Volume 8, Issue 05 (A) (IISN: O: 2319-6475) Divya Kanchibhotla, Shashank Kulkarni, Shweta Singh, and Shilpa Dhakad.

“Effectiveness of a Comprehensive Yoga Program on Convicted Extremist Offenders”, April 2019 International Journal of Yoga, Volume 12, Issue 3 (IJOY_79_18R3) Divya Kanchibhotla, Shashank Kulkarni, Shweta Singh.

“Effect of Automatic Self Transcending Meditation on mental health by reducing stress and improving sleep in Adults”, Jan-Mar 2019 International Journal of Scientific Research and Reviews, Volume 8, Issue 1 (IISN: 2279 – 0543), Kanchibhotla Divya, Kulkarni Shashank, and Singh Shweta.

“Yoga-based Leadership Program and Perceived Stress level of Rural Youth”, 2018 JETIR December 2018, Volume 5, Issue 12 (ISSN-2349-5162), 1 Divya Kanchibhotla, Anusha Anand, Shashank Kulkarni, Shweta Singh.

“Effect of Sudarshan Kriya Yoga and Associated Meditation Techniques on the Connection and Sensitivity towards Environment”. International Journal of Innovative Research in Science, Engineering and Technology, Vol. 7, Issue 12, December 2018, Nupur Rau, Sumeet Ingole, Air Commodore Shashank Kulkarni VSM (retd.), Divya Kanchibhotla.

•  “Novel potential Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) low-risk markers revealed by gene expression profiling with new SSHCCS-PCR.” Leukemia 17 (89) 1891-1900. Gunaratne, P.H., Qiu, J., Peterson, L., Khurana, D., Walsham, N., Loulseged, L., Karni, R., Gibbs, R.A., Margolin, J., Gingras, M. (2003)

•  “Molecular mechanism of the contractile cycle of the muscle.” Current Science, 1998. Sunil Nath and Divya Khurana.