Angela Wilson

Angela Wilson, LMHC, RYT 500, is a Kripalu faculty member who teaches the science of yoga. Formerly on the faculty of Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living, Angela conducted research on the scientific benefits of yoga and coauthored a well-cited scientific theory paper entitled, “Potential Self-Regulatory Mechanisms of Yoga for Psychological Health.” She also teaches mind-body stress reduction programs to health-care workers and has contributed to Yoga International and Yoga Therapy Today, writing about the intersection between yoga, Western psychology, and science.


  • Playing with Fire: The Power of Tapas to Help Us Fulfill Our Intentions

    We apply tapas in any moment when we consciously go against the grain of our conditioned way of being and engage in a new behavior or way of thinking.

  • Yoga and Trauma: Reclaiming the Body

    Yoga can offer tools to come back into the body, empowering students to begin reclaiming their inner experience.

  • Three Steps for Stopping Negative Self-Talk

    For people with depression, rumination is pervasive. A tool that helps them move the mind away from those thoughts can be more helpful than talk therapy alone.

  • Why Yoga Increases Feelings of Connection

    While many people turn to yoga to reduce stress, an equal number go to yoga class in order to experience a greater sense of connection.

  • Self-Discipline Isn't Unlimited

    Ever wonder why it’s easy to call forth self-discipline one moment, but difficult in another?  Several years ago, researcher Dr. Roy Baumeister, a professor...

  • How Yoga, Mindfulness, and Meditation Can Help Relieve Chronic Pain

    As the number of people dealing with chronic pain steadily increases, in tandem with the ongoing opioid crisis, both doctors and patients are becoming ever more interested in how to manage chronic pain conditions with non-pharmacological treatments

  • How Yoga Changes the Brain

    For many of us, the practice of yoga helps us feel calmer and more soothed.

  • Small Amounts of Loving-Kindness Meditation Lead to Big Change

    One increasingly popular form of meditation is loving-kindness meditation (LKM), the practice of wishing one’s self and others to be happy and at ease.

  • Relationships as Spiritual Practice

    Not long ago, a student asked me, “What do you think has been the most healing experience of your yoga practice?” The question gave me pause. My mind...

  • The Science of Breath

    Pranayama, or the regulation of breath, is an essential part of yoga practice.

  • The Benefits of Yoga for Weight Management

    Once I started practiced yoga seriously, I noticed some significant changes in my body. It was almost as if, one day, I woke up and realized that I was a little more toned, I weighed a little less, and I was naturally making better food choices.

  • Four Ways to Strengthen Your Stress Resilience

    What makes some of us bounce back in the face of life’s challenges and others crumble? Why is it that, some days, we feel able to take on the world, while, on other days, one little thing can set us off? There are undoubtedly numerous answers to these questions but, on a physiological level, researchers know that our stress resilience levels are connected to one thing: the vagus nerve.

  • Can Yoga Defeat the “Silent Killer”?

    Research is underway that may help increase the understanding of how yoga helps reduce blood pressure for different populations.

  • How Yoga Can Help Soothe Anxiety

    Can yoga be beneficial in those moments when anxiety hits a suboptimal threshold? Research sheds some light on how yoga might help release those anxious woes.

  • Yoga as a Tool for Self-Regulation

    Research suggests that self-regulation of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors is the primary benefit of the comprehensive practice of yoga.

  • Yoga and Positive Emotions

    In 1998, researcher Barbara Fredrickson published a paper called “What good are positive emotions?” The paper discussed, in detail, the importance of...

  • Breath, Body, and Mind: The Physiology of Pranayama

    A key research finding is that yoga can increase stress resilience. But how?

  • Why Yoga Is a Powerful Tool in Recovery

    Yoga and meditation, with their stress-reducing effects and ability to provide people with tools for self-regulation and self-management, are potentially useful practices to navigate the painful and often deadly waters of addiction.

  • Hardwired for Empathy: How Mirror Neurons Connect Us

    As a yoga teacher, I’ve learned that each group of students I teach has a particular energy.

  • Your Brain on Mindfulness Meditation

    One of the most well-known and utilized tools in meditation and yoga is the practice of self-observation without judgment, or mindfulness. Swami Kripalu...

  • How to Thrive During the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

    They say the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, a time when miracles happen, but do you sometimes feel like you need a miracle to keep up with your growing to-do list?

  • Meditating for a Better Brain

    Meditation has long been believed to be a win-win proposition, carrying certain psychological benefits with zero risk or cost.

  • Meditation for Beginners: A Q&A with Angela Wilson

    In this edition of Ask the Expert, Angela Wilson, a senior Kripalu faculty member and Project Leader for the Institute for Extraordinary Living’s Frontline...

  • Cultivating Inner Strength

    Do you suffer from anxiety, poor digestion, or lack of focus? When life's demands overwhelm us, Angela Wilson, Manager of Evidence-Based Yoga Curriculum for...

  • The Science of Love

    Love—it’s the supreme human emotion. Babies need it to survive, it can improve brain function and health, and it’s even essential for animals.

  • Meditation for Better Relationships

    How meditation can help you be a better friend. Meditation has long been celebrated for all it can do for us, among the benefits: lower blood pressure,...

  • Five Ways to Make Your Black Friday More Mindful

    Before you hit the mall or open your laptop, consider these five ideas for transforming shopping into an opportunity to practice mindfulness and bring more positive emotions into your life.

  • 'Tis the Season to Meditate

    Forget about enjoying the holidays: More and more, the majority of us just want to make it through. Which is why a meditation practice—proven to counter...