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

May 24, 2022, 9am ET


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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About the Presenters

Indu Arora considers herself a lifetime student of Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra. She is taught under Kriya Yoga, Himalayan Yoga, Sri Vidya, and Kashmir Shaivism lineages. As a teacher, for the last two decades worldwide, her unique gift is in making the teachings accessible and useful to a beginner as well as for an advanced practitioner. Her core philosophy is, “Yoga is work-in, not work-out!" Authored 3 books- Mudra: The Sacred Secret, Yoga: Ancient Heritage, Tomorrow’s Vision and, Soma 100 Heritage Recipes for Self-Care.

Dr. Denninger is Director of Research at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also serves as Associate Director of the MGH-McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Staff Psychiatrist at the MGH Depression Clinical and Research Program and Instructor Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, Dr. Denninger completed his MD/PhD—with dissertation work on the biochemistry of the nitric oxide receptor—at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He completed his internship and residency in the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program and served as Chief Resident in Psychopharmacology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has received a Master of Medical Sciences from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology as part of the Clinical Investigator Training Program. Dr. Denninger has received many awards for his research and teaching, including the NCDEU New Investigators Award and the Harvard Medical School Students Award for Teaching. Dr. Denninger’s work overseeing the Benson-Henry Institute’s research program explores the relationship between stress reduction, resiliency enhancement and health in both clinical and basic domains. His research focuses on answering two questions about mind-body medicine interventions: (1) Assessing how well these interventions can help to promote wellness in a broad range of people and (2) determining how these interventions work, by exploring details of mechanism from genes, to biochemistry, to physiology, to brain activity.


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