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The Neuroscience of Buddhism and Yoga Harnessing the Brain for Healing and Happiness

For everyone, including therapists, yoga instructors, and researchers.

Cultivate mindful embodiment and learn to transform habitual thoughts, emotions, and behaviors into openings for freedom, love, and happiness. This program explores Buddhist and yogic practices that can harness and transform brain circuitries and the relationships between them, including

  • Concentration
  • Mindfulness
  • Loving-kindness
  • Transformative yoga practices.

Drawing on contemporary neuroscience and traditional Buddhist psychology, this program focuses on seven key dimensions of human experience and their corresponding brain circuitries: aversion, seeking, satisfaction, bodily awareness, executive functioning, relationships, and “default mode” processes. Jim Hopper and David Schouela interweave theory with practice to promote an experiential understanding of these concepts, and provide handouts and step-by-step instructions for meditation and yoga practice.

Note This program has an intensive format with more learning hours than a typical 5-day program.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
All levels
Suitable For
Program Theme
All Self-Discovery


Jim Hopper, PhD, an independent consultant and teaching associate at Harvard Medical School, has intensively studied the psychological and biological aspects of trauma and addiction and their treatment.

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David Schouela, RYT 500, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher whose current primary focus is teaching yoga to teens and adults with complex trauma and chronic treatment-resistant PTSD.

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Liz Gruenfeld, MSW, EdM, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, international arts-based social work educator, and therapist specializing in complex trauma owing to war and migration adversity.

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