On Campus Program

The Science of Yoga

For everyone, including yoga teachers, nurses, doctors, mental-health workers, physical therapists, and nutritionists (CE/CME credits available).

If you’re curious about the science behind asana (yoga postures), meditation, and pranayama (breathing techniques), come learn how these practices can enhance your physical and mental health, as well as that of your clients and patients.

By exploring the science of epigenetics and neuroplasticity, you learn how changes in lifestyle (particularly in the areas of movement, diet, and thought patterns), can change your brain and body, right down to gene expression. These changes can point you toward disease—or toward greater health and happiness. This program includes

  • The latest research on the effects of asana, meditation, and pranayama on body and mind
  • Yoga-based tools to improve personal well-being
  • Ways to take the tools of yoga into your professional practice
  • Guided experiences of postures, meditation, and breathing practices.

The program also covers the science behind the following practices, and how to teach them to your clients

  • Three-Part Breath
  • Ocean-Sounding Breath
  • Alternate-Nostril Breath
  • Metta (loving-kindness) meditation
  • Single-pointed (focused) meditation
  • The Six Movements of the Spine
  • Mindful eating

Additional CME Information

Berkshire Health Systems designates this live educational activity for 22.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Berkshire Health Systems is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Massachusetts Medical Society for Continuing Education through the Joint Providership of Berkshire Health Systems and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.

Disclosure In accordance with the ACCME Standards of Commercial Support™ disclosure will be made before the program regarding the existence of any relationships that exist between the faculty and the manufacturers of any commercial products.

Recommendations (additional fees apply):

  • Pamper yourself with a Kripalu Meditative Massage or Dr. Hauschka Facial
  • Nutritional Consultation
  • Private Yoga Session

Please reserve early as appointments are limited. Find out more about these sessions on Kripalu’s Healing Arts pages or call 888.738.1822 to make an appointment.

This program may be also taken as part of Kripalu’s 1000-Hour Yoga Teacher Training.
The hours from this training may be applied toward your 1000-hour yoga teacher certification if you have not already applied the hours toward your 500-hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher certification.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Program Theme
All Yoga


Lisa B. Nelson, MD, is a family practice physician, Director of Medical Education for Kripalu programs, and a Kripalu faculty member who has trained thousands of individuals in mind-body practices for health and vitality.

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Angela Wilson, LMHC, RYT 500, is a Kripalu faculty member who has conducted research and written about the intersection between yoga, Western psychology, and science.

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Annie B. Kay, MS, RDN, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is an author, nutritionist, Kripalu faculty member, and important voice in whole-foods nutrition and yoga.

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Christopher Holmes, a Kripalu Yoga teacher and licensed massage therapist, has expertise in anatomy and physiology for yoga and bodywork, and the healing of chronic pain patterns.

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Sat Bir S. Khalsa, PhD, is associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and chief editor of the medical textbook The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care.

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