The Science of Yoga: Why we need to bridge the worlds of science and yoga

As study after study demonstrates yoga’s tremendous and unparalleled benefits for a wide range of ailments, both scientific researchers and the medical community at large wish to determine the exact mechanisms that enable yoga to soothe so many physical and psychological complaints.

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Aug 23, 2016
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According to a recent 2016 survey, one-in-ten people in the US are currently practising yoga, which is double the amount of just a few years ago. Yoga is becoming increasingly popular across modern, Western society whilst concurrently being increasingly subjected to rigorous scientific trials. Yoga has been shown by over 3,000 scientific studies to have a far-reaching range of benefits for both physical and psychological health. As study after study demonstrates yoga’s tremendous and unparalleled benefits for a wide range of ailments, both scientific researchers and the medical community at large wish to determine the exact mechanisms that enable yoga to soothe so many physical and psychological complaints. This ‘how?’ is on the lips and in the hearts of many of those who wish to expound yoga’s benefits and ensure that it reaches the people who need it the most. As countries across the globe begin and continue to seek ways of embedding yoga into healthcare we are called as a yoga community to delve into these connections between modern scientific innovations and yoga. Concurrently, we are invited to utilize this knowledge and employ these innovations with compassion and tenacity.

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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