CE Workshop | Scientific Research on Yoga and Meditation: The Relaxation Response

Indu Arora, John Denninger
Yoga Alliance

About This Workshop

70-90% of all primary care visits in America are related to chronic stress and stress-related illnesses such as anxiety, depression, PTS, heart disease, headaches, GI disruptions, and more. In the next workshop of the Scientific Research series, Yoga Alliance Director of Research, Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa is joined by Dr. John Denninger, Director of Research at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University and Indu Arora, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapist, for a conversation on how yoga, meditation, and the Relaxation Response might be able to counteract the toxic effects of chronic stress.

During this workshop you’ll learn:

  • Research related to yogic meditation and its effects on the body and mind
  • Research on single-point focused meditation and the Relaxation Response
  • How to use this research in your teachings with an experiential meditation practice followed by tips on how to effectively teach meditation to elicit the Relaxation Response
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