Yoga Vacation Program
December 2 — 3, 2022

Neuroscience and Yoga

How and Why Yoga Works

Mala Cunningham

Have you ever wondered what happens to your brain while doing yoga? Exciting news! Neuroscience has shown that we can impact our mood states and positively change the structure and function of our brain and nervous system with yoga practices. With the advent of new technologies, researchers can now see directly into our brain and body and can observe how yoga and mindfulness practices shape our brain and our neurobiology.

Understanding the yoga practices through the lens of neuroscience can improve our self-healing ability, happiness, resiliency, and compassion. Yoga practices can alter and re-wire our neuropathways—and can therefore, change negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Research has also shown that yoga improves depression, anxiety, and stress levels.

Join us to discover what the cutting-edge research on neuroscience and the effects of yoga on the brain has to offer you.

Offered as 2 satsangs (subject to change)

What you’ll learn…

  • What research has to say about yoga’s effect on the brain
  • How yoga helps to regulate emotions and stress levels
  • The impact of yogic practices on specific parts of the brain
  • Why practicing yoga can decrease anxiety, depression, and chronic stress
  • How yoga affects both brain chemistry and brain connectivity

Want to learn more about the science behind yoga?

We invite you to take a deep dive into this topic by signing up for Regulate Your Nervous System with Yoga Practices: Fundamental Tools of Medical Yoga with Mala Cunningham December 3-5, 2022. This course will benefit yoga practitioners and yoga teachers alike.

M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D., C-IAYT, is a counseling psychologist and certified yoga therapist. She is also on the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Nursing where she teaches courses in lifestyle management and medical yoga to health professionals. Dr. Mala is the president of Positive Health Solutions and founder and director of the Cardiac Medical Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program and the Neuroscience and Yoga Teacher Training Program.

Dr. Mala is a leading speaker, educator, and trainer in the field of Lifestyle Medicine, Health Psychology, and Neuroscience. Her passion is creating a bridge between medicine, psychology, neuroscience, and yoga. Dr. Mala is a senior disciple of Swami Satchidananda and has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 35 years.

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