As the popularity of yoga and meditation continues to grow exponentially around the world, it is becoming important that we gain an understanding of the science of yoga. In this series, you’ll learn how can these relatively simple practices yield such enormous measurable benefits across the entire spectrum of mind and body.
Whether you are a teacher or a practitioner, you will be thrilled to see, understand, and be able to explain to others in scientific terms the power of yoga. The last 15 years have seen the emergence of a large body of scientific studies and research papers on the benefits of yoga, and this is just the beginning. In this webinar series, we will explore this body of research in order to understand the physical, physiological, and neural mechanisms by which yoga benefits the body and mind.
4-Part Series — Thursdays April 20 to May 11, 2017
6:00 to 7:00 pm PDT Calculate your local time here
- April 20, 2017 — Part One: Meditation and the Brain
- April 27, 2017— Part Two: Physiology of Pranayama and Energization Exercises
- May 4, 2017 — Part Three: Science of Asanas Part 1: Circulatory and endocrine systems
- May 11, 2017— Part Four: Science of Asanas Part 2: Regulating inflammation, chronic stress, and high blood pressure
We will cover a diverse set of topics including:
- How meditation alters brain wave activity
- The physiology of pranayamas such as kapalabhati (skull-shining breath) and sitali (cooling breath)
- Effect of Yoga postures on reducing systemic inflammation in the body
- Blood pressure homeostasis and the effect of bandhas (Yogic locks)
- The effect of energization exercises on lymphatic circulation
- The scientific reason for why sarvangasana (shoulder stand) is referred to as “the queen of asanas (yoga postures)”
- Effect of yoga on the endocrine system, especially on stress regulation via the HPA axis.
- And many more!
Whether you are new to yoga or an experienced yogi, you will find inspiration for your practices and discover new ways to share “Why I practice” with friends and family.