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Science of Yoga and Meditation

  • 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.