The Science of Yoga and Yoga Therapy

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Course Overview

Once you know what yoga can do for you, there's no turning back.

In this one-hour workshop, Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, provides a comprehensive overview of yoga research and what we know (so far) about the benefits of yoga.

In this workshop, you will learn how yoga and meditation can affect our psychology and physiology, including:

  • Gene expression

  • Brain plasticity

  • Pain regulation

  • Mood states

  • The stress response and emotional resiliency

  • The relationship between mind wandering and unhappiness

  • Mind/body awareness

  • Behavioral changes

  • Psychological and philosophical transformation

  • Flow states

  • Physical and mental health

  • Improvements in quality of life

You'll also explore:

  • How yoga offers more than just a placebo effect.

  • Early yoga research: What were scientists looking for?

  • Current yoga research: What are scientists interested in now?

  • Statistics: How many people are practicing yoga today? How many people are practicing for therapeutic reasons?

  • The representation of yoga in mass media.

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa also provides peer-reviewed resources that will help you continue your studies.

If you're a teacher, we hope you're inspired to share what you learn with your students. And if you're a student, that this insight encourages your practice!

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

Self Paced Learning

Course Outline

1hr to complete

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  • In this one-hour workshop, Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, provides a comprehensive overview of yoga research and what we know (so far) about the benefits of yoga.

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Meet Your Teacher

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Sat Bir Singh Khalsa
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD, conducts basic and clinical research on the effectiveness of yoga and meditation... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely, you can include this course in your Yoga Alliance training hours, with each hour equivalent to one continuing education credit.
This course is entirely self- paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience.There are no imposed deadlines or time constraints for Course completion.
No prerequisites are required; this course is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice.
No, the course is accessible to all individuals interested in enriching their understanding and practice of yoga.Yoga teaching certification is not a prerequisite.

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