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Your Brain on Yoga

by Sat Bir Khalsa with Jodie Gould

Does yoga really reduce stress? Can we feel happier after meditating just 10 minutes a day? How about smarter? Your Brain on Yoga presents the latest, cutting-edge studies that show the physical and psychological benefits of yoga and meditation. Author Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D, assistant professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor, has conducted clinical research on of yoga and meditation for more than a decade. He offers compelling scientific evidence about how yoga and meditation can change our brains, and our lives, by:

• Reducing stress that makes us look and feel older than our years.
• Making the parts of the brain responsible for memory grow stronger and sharper.
• Elevating our mood and enhancing our spiritual outlook, giving us a sense of peace and calm.

Your Brain on Yoga explains how a regular practice can reduce your heart rate and blood pressure, increase lung capacity, and help treat conditions such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. This book will also help you find the right style of yoga for you with information on the most popular practices today from Ashtanga to Vinyasa.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD has been fully engaged in basic and clinical research on the effectiveness of yoga and meditation practices in improving physical and psychological health for over 10 years. He has also practiced a yoga lifestyle for over 40 years and is a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor. He is the Director of Research for the Kundalini Research Institute, Research Director of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

He has been involved in efficacy studies of yoga for a number of conditions including chronic insomnia and anxiety disorders. His current studies include clinical trials of yoga for post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic stress and ongoing research funded by the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health evaluating a yoga program within the academic curriculum of public schools to determine the benefits in mental health characteristics such as perceived stress, resilience, emotion regulation and anxiety.

Dr. Khalsa routinely interacts internationally with other yoga researchers and he is actively working with the International Association of Yoga Therapists to promote the field of research on yoga therapy. For the over 5 years he has also been teaching an elective course at Harvard Medical School in Mind-Body Medicine.

Jodie Gould is an award-winning writer and author of eight books, including Beautiful Brain, Beautiful You. Her articles have appeared in numerous national publications and web sites. She has a master's degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where she was awarded a Pulitzer Fellowship and Alfred I. duPont Fellowship.

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