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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • The Science of Breath

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

  • 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...

  • Ask the Expert: Meditation for Beginners

    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...

  • 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.

  • 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

    “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ―Thich Nhat Hạnh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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 (one study...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • '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...

  • Meditating for a Better Brain

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