Recorded February 6, 2019

Dr. Peter Van HoutenDr. Peter Van Houten is a family physician with close to 40 years of real world experience in primary care medicine. He is nationally known for his pioneering work integrating meditation and behavioral healthcare into the medical setting. Sierra Family Health Center, which is the clinic he founded in 1982, has been widely seen as a leader in this field. His background includes his medical training at the UCSF School of Medicine. He has published two books promoting yoga as a therapeutic tool which focus on treatments for common medical problems like insomnia and headaches. These were among the first books ever published bringing yoga therapy into the medical office setting. He has lectured extensively on the transformation in brain function brought about by meditation and spiritual practices. Well-known for his charitable works, Dr. Van Houten’s clinic cares for a large indigent population in Northern California using cutting edge behavioral therapies as well as traditional medicine.

Peter has co-authored Yoga Therapy for Headache Relief and Yoga Therapy for Overcoming Insomnia. He also maintains an active interest in ongoing research into the subtle and powerful relationships between brain physiology and personal spiritual development.

Joseph (Puru) Selbie

Joseph (Puru) Selbie is known for creating bridges of understanding between the modern evidenced-based discoveries of science and the ancient experience-based discoveries of the mystics. Selbie has authored, Break Through the Limits of the Brain, about how neuroscience supports higher experience; The Physics of God, a unification of science and religion; and The Yugas, a factual look at India’s tradition of cyclical history. A founding member of Ananda and a dedicated Kriya Yoga meditator for nearly fifty years, he has taught Yogananda’s yoga, meditation, and universal experiential spirituality throughout the US and Europe. Visit at

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