Yoga Vacation Program
January 20 — 22, 2025

The Science of Stress and Resilience

Alexandra Crosswell, PhD

Stress is far too common in modern life. Many of us are depleted by the constant demands, responsibilities, and worries we are currently living with. There are ways to counter this! By offering a scientific lens on stress and wholeness, we will explore together solutions to implement in daily life to counteract stress, restore your energy, and rejuvenate your mind and body. You will learn the ways in which your body is responding to stress, and evidence-based techniques to help you build stress resilience.

In the workshops, you will learn and practice psychological tools for managing stress including learning to work with distressing emotions, cognitive reappraisal techniques, and mindset shifts. You will be guided into a state of deep rest through visualization, meditation and sensory awareness. The satsang talks will focus on the latest scientific evidence on stress, cellular rejuvenation, and resilience.

Offered as 3 satsangs and 2 workshops (subject to change).

The presentations associated with this Yoga Vacation Program begin with an 8pm satsang on the first day of the program and conclude with an 8pm satsang on the last day of the program.  Click here to read more about the Yoga Vacation Program details and view the ashram schedule for yoga classes and meals during your stay. We suggest you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your program for the optimal experience.

Alexandra D. Crosswell, PhD, is a national stress and well-being expert. She spent over 15 years leading research studies at top-tier medical centers focused on the mind-body connection. While uncovering the biological mechanisms that explain how stress dysregulates biological systems, she discovered something powerful — that the most evidence-based way to combat chronic stress is through spiritual practice. Giving our minds and bodies moments of quiet peaceful rest through contemplative practice, allows our cells to activate their natural healing capabilities. Alexandra now gives talks and leads workshops on how to manage stress, and consults for individuals and companies. She received her BA from Duke University, her PhD in Health Psychology from UCLA, and is a former medical school professor at University of California School of Medicine. She lives in Mill Valley, California, with her husband and three sons.


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