Taksha Institute of Space Health and Aging (TISHA, formerly TSHAI)


Astronauts, yoga practitioners, and aging adults have something to teach us all! Taksha Institute of Space Health and Aging (TISHA, formerly TSHAI) specializes in cross-cutting short courses, lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences that bring together experts in apparently disparate fields to find common links across the physiology and behavior of the broadest range of human conditions. We seek to apply this new perspective by identifying practical solutions to everyday issues such as the metabolic changes related to aging, or our modern technologically-rich, sedentary lifestyle. We aim to apply lessons from space, as well as to draw from yoga practice and therapy, to maintain health in space, aging, and modern-day stressful situations.

We hold our classes in locations across the U.S., aiming for convenience to our audiences. See our full course list on this website under Courses and the home page for any upcoming courses. We are also on Facebook (www.facebook.com and search for Taksha University) if you'd like to keep up with announcements and postings!

TISHA Chair:

Prof. Joan Vernikos, Ph.D.
Professor, TU

TISHA Technical Advisory Council (TAC):

Stephane Blanc, Ph.D.
Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien, Strasbourg, France

Kenneth Souza
Logyx, CA USA

Dilip Sarkar, MD, FACS, DAyur
Chair and Professor, TU/SIM, Hampton, VA USA

TSHAI Web Site:


TISHA Meetings/Conference 2012

International Workshop on Space Health, Aging, and Yoga Therapy: Metabolic Changes
September 7, 2012, Palo Alto, California (USA)


Dr. Joan Vernikos discusses the important benefits of Yoga Therapy for space travelers on Yogiviews (09/12).