Julie K. Staples, Ph.D. (Guru Parkash Kaur) received a doctorate in Cell and Molecular Biology from St. Louis University. She is the Research Director at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC and has been doing research on yoga and mind-body medicine for 20 years. Dr. Staples is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine where she teaches in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine graduate program. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher and the past Board President of the Guru Ram Das Center for Medicine and Humanology. She is the author of the Yoga chapter in the textbook Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.