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Natural Awakenings Boston

Free Presentation on the Science Behind Yoga

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.

The Cambridge Innovation Center will host Your Brain on Yoga: The Science Behind the Practice, from 5 to 6 p.m., August 15. Led by Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D., this free event is a great opportunity to learn from an expert about the effect of yoga on various health issues and overall well-being.

In easy-to-understand language, this presentation will review some of the basic science underlying the psychophysiology of yoga practices and describe some of the cutting-edge biomedical research studies with relevance to yoga, including research on psychology, physiology, molecular biology and brain imaging. An overview of the significant research on the benefits of yoga as a therapeutic intervention and as a preventive medicine practice for maintaining health, well-being and quality of life will also be presented.

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa has been fully engaged in basic and clinical research on the efficacy of yoga and meditation practices in improving physical and psychological health since 2001. He has been a certified instructor in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan since 1972. He is the director of research for the Kundalini Research Institute, research associate at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, research affiliate of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston. He has conducted clinical research trials evaluating yoga interventions for insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic stress, and anxiety disorders in both public school and occupational settings.

Cost: Free. Location: One Broadway, Charles Conference Room, 14th Flr., Cambridge. For more information, call 617-953- 0674 or visit cic.com/wellness.