Sara Lazar

Sara W. Lazar, PhD, is an associate researcher in the psychiatry department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School. The focus of her research is to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation, both in clinical settings and in healthy individuals. She is a contributing author to Meditation and Psychotherapy. Sara has practiced yoga and mindfulness meditation since 1994. Her research has been covered by numerous news outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and WebMD, and her work has been featured in a display at the Boston Museum of Science.

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  • A Living Laboratory for Yoga Research

    Research on Kripalu's RISE program shows multiple physical and mental-health benefits, and illustrates the major impact the program makes on individuals' work and home lives.