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Sat Bir Singh Khalsa

Yoga for Today: The Science Behind How It Works

The ancient behavioral practice of yoga is becoming increasingly popular as a strategy to promote and maintain health, wellness and physical fitness. Practitioners of yoga experience improvements in physical flexibility, self-efficacy, respiratory function, stress tolerance, emotional control, mind-body awareness and mindfulness -- outcomes that currently are not readily available within the repertoire of modern medicine. The presentation will explain the science of the mechanisms underlying yoga and its benefits for wellness, disease prevention, and therapy.  


Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, medical editor of Harvard Medical School’s Special Report “Introduction to Yoga,” and chief editor of the textbook “The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care.” He has been a practitioner and instructor of Kundalini Yoga since 1973.


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