The Science of Yoga

For everyone, including nurses, doctors, mental-health workers, yoga teachers, physical therapists, and nutritionists. Scholarship eligible.

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 breath
  • Alternative nostril breath
  • Metta meditation
  • Single pointed (focused) meditation
  • Six movements of the spine
  • Mindful eating.

Additional CME Information

Berkshire Health Systems designates this live educational activity for 20.5 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.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
None
Suitable For
Professionals
Program Theme
All Yoga
Schedule
RRHW

Presenter(s)

Lisa B. Nelson, MD, is Director of Medical Education for Kripalu programs. She also serves as medical director of the nonprofit Nutrition Center.

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September 17–22, 2017

Angela Wilson, LMHC, RYT 500, is a Kripalu faculty member who teaches the science of yoga.

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Special Guest - September 17–22, 2017
February 11–16, 2018

Sat Bir S. Khalsa, PhD, is assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Research Director for the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.

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Special Guest - September 17–22, 2017

Stephen Cope, MSW, Scholar-in-Residence and Kripalu Ambassador, is the best-selling author of Soul Friends: The Transforming Power of Deep Human Connection.

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