Yoga & Science

Yoga & Science is a series of 8 interviews filmed during the Yoga & Science Conference at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in New York. The show features the most amazing minds in yoga and science research. Each episode discusses a different angle of the neurophysiological mechanisms that support effective yoga and meditation practices as to present current scientific evidence in a rigorous and accessible manner. This show will give a fuller understanding of the benefits and ways of yoga, as seen through the lens of both Western and Eastern Sciences. Please join our team during the next Yoga & Science Conference, check upcoming dates: www.yogaandscience.org

About the show

Music: Moby

9 episodes

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

Studio: Martine Dubin Company

2019

Official Website: YogaAndScience.org

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Dr Erich Anderer
Dr Erich Anderer

Yoga & the Spine

Dr. Erich Anderer identifies yoga as an important means of maintaining spinal health and avoiding surgery, and also notes that yoga can potentially provide benefits when dealing with somatic disease processes. Dr. Anderer is chief of neurosurgery at NYU Langone Hospital in Brooklyn, and an assistant professor of neurosurgery in the NYU School of Medicine. He specializes in minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery, but is interested in self-care and yoga as both a preventive measure and effective treatment of neck and back pain. 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. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas at Austin and has been a yoga practitioner since 2008. In this installment of Yoga & Science, she describes a study conducted to determine the effects of 12 weeks of hot yoga on vascular health. She has previously published several pioneering studies on the impact of yoga on vascular endothelial function and arterial stiffness, and with this study she 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 the ways 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. He has been conducting yoga research since 2001, and his topics of study focus on the applicability of yoga in dealing with insomnia, stress, anxiety spectrum disorders, and mental health in public schools and the workplace. Read more.

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Dr Gail Parker
Dr Gail Parker

Treating Racial Wounding With Yoga

In her interview, Dr. Gail Parker shares how yoga has the power to heal the wounds of racial distress. She explains how certain yoga practices are designed to alleviate the stress of racial and ethnic wounding. Inclusive communities that are prepared to have conversations about race and ethnicity are essential to the future of the yoga community. Read more.

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Dr Pam Jeter
Dr Pam Jeter

Can Yoga Help the Visually Impaired Find Balance?

Dr. Pam Jeter looks at yoga research as a necessary body of evidence that requires rigorous studies in order to judge the safety, efficacy, and effectiveness of yoga practice. She explains how she was invited to speak about how exactly the National Institute for Health (NIH) decides to fund yoga research. Dr. Jeter serves as a Scientific Review Officer at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the NIH in Bethesda, where she coordinates the scientific review of grant applications on mind and body interventions submitted to NCCIH in response to various funding announcements. She has also taught research literacy and academic publishing practices for graduate students at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. 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. She describes how research she herself has conducted to quantify aura have failed to provide tangible results. 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 peoples lives. He is interested in the relationship between ancient rituals and modern neuroscience. According to Porges, breathing, chanting, listening, and posture shifts embedded in ancient rituals are really exercises of the autonomic systems. Read more.

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Dr Bethany Kok
Dr Bethany Kok

Yoga Unites the World

Dr. Bethany Kok believes that lovingkindness meditation possess 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 gets those 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. This connectedness provides a sense of safety and groundedness, and allows people to tune in to the people around them. Read more.

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