Science of Yoga and Meditation Webinar Series

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 Webinar Series

  • Part 1: Meditation and the Brain
  • Part 2: Pranayama and the Nervous System
  • Part 3: Asanas and Physiology
  • Part 4: Yoga and Homeostasis

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.

Watch Introduction Webinar

Murali Venkatrao

Murali Venkatrao was born in India and lives now in the Seattle area. Murali has studied different variations of Hatha Yoga both in India and the US. He has been teaching Yoga for the past 15 years. Added to his dedication to the path of yoga, Murali shares in a creative, insightful, and playful style for which students are most appreciative. Formerly a Software Architect at Microsoft, Murali is currently pursuing his PhD in Yoga at Prashanti Kuteeram in Bangalore, India. His research focus is the study of physiological pathways through which Yoga helps control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Murali directs the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program at Ananda Washington with Michelle Marshall.

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