The Science Behind Yoga

Yoga & Science Conference

This series, produced at the Yoga & Science Conference at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, features some of the most brilliant minds behind the science of yoga studies. Each episode discusses a different angle of the neurophysiological mechanisms that support effective yoga and meditation practices. This show provides a well-rounded understanding of the scientifically proven benefits proper yoga practice and meditation mechanisms present to the body.

About the show

Music: Moby

9 episodes

Location: Yoga & Science Conference, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Studio: Martine Dubin Company

2019

HD CC PG-13

About Yoga & Science Conference

Yoga and Science is a collaboration between Dr. Marshall Hagins and Eddie Stern born out of their shared curiosity at the intersection of science and yoga.

The Yoga and Science Conference presents current scientific evidence on yoga that is accessible, rigorous, and practical. The conference aims to increase interactions of yogis and scientists so that evidence-based findings can be used in the real world.

Yoga and Science hosts international conferences, educational programming, and provide forums for a fuller understanding of the benefits and mechanisms of yoga, as seen through the lens of both Western and Eastern Sciences.

Join our team for the next Yoga & Science Conference! Check upcoming dates and learn more about the collaboration at www.yogaandscience.com.

Season 1

Dr. Erich Anderer
Dr. Erich Anderer

Yoga & the Spine

Dr. Erich Anderer identifies yoga as an important means of maintaining spinal health and preventing surgery. While he acknowledges that yoga does not have full scientific recognition, Dr. Anderer believes that yoga should be considered an important modality in the maintenance of general health. Read more.

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Dr. Stacy D. Hunter
Dr. Stacy D. Hunter

Is Hot Yoga Extra Healthy?

Dr. Stacy D. Hunter is the director of the Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory at Texas State University and the research director for Pure Action, Inc. Hunter examined two groups of people over the course of 12 weeks for a case study that aims to isolate how yoga in a heated environment effects changes in vascular function. Read more.

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Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa
Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa

Yoga As A Means of Self-Regulation

Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa is interested in how yoga allows us to self-regulate multiple components of our internal well-being. Dr. Khalsa is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an instructor of Kundalini Yoga, and the Research Director for the Kundalini Research Institute and the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Read more.

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Dr. Gail Parker
Dr. Gail Parker

Treating Racial Wounding With Yoga

Dr. Gail Parker is a psychologist, a certified yoga therapist, and a faculty member in the Beaumont School of Yoga Therapy. She explains how certain yoga practices are designed to alleviate the stress of racial and ethnic wounding in this episode. Read more.

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Dr. Pam Jeter
Dr. Pam Jeter

Can Yoga Help the Visually Impaired Find Balance?

Dr. Pamela Jeter serves as a Scientific Review Officer at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and has received recognition for her work in mind-body science. Dr. Jeter seeks to explore how, when vision is not contributing to balance, people may be able to regulate their balance through yoga to prevent psychological distress and injury. Read more.

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Dr. Shirley Telles
Dr. Shirley Telles

How To Quantify Yoga?

Dr. Shirley Telles describes a survey asking people why they practice yoga. The top two replies were health, and a sense beyond themselves. While people are getting more and more involved in the spiritual aspect of yoga, and people feel an awareness of its benefits, researchers are still working to figure out a means for quantifying the spirituality of yoga. Read more.

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Dr. Stephen W. Porges
Dr. Stephen W. Porges

Ritual Foundations, Implications, of Yoga Practice

Dr. Stephen Porges points out how many of the scientists who study yoga are people who have benefited from it. Dr. Stephen Porges is a rare exception, he says, in that he is not a yoga guy, but conducts research on the topic due to his interest in examining how ancient rituals improve people's lives. Read more.

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Dr. Bethany Kok
Dr. Bethany Kok

Yoga Unites the World

Dr. Bethany Kok believes that meditation possesses beneficial health effects, but she makes sure to point out that a person’s physiological state when they start such meditation can affect how much a person can reap the benefits. She has found an upward spiral of growth in health; an upward spiral based on human ability to connect socially to other people through yoga. Read more.

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