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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Professional Training
November 1 — 5, 2024
Mala Cunningham

Deepen your understanding of how and why yoga and meditation work through the lens of current neuroscience research and polyvagal theory. Through a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises, and practical applications, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of the neurobiological effects of these ancient practices.


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