Neuroscience and Yoga Online Research Pilot

JOIN THE FUTURE OF NEUROSCIENCE AND YOGA RESEARCH

The Neuroscience and Yoga Online Research Pilot will include three weeks of virtual yoga classes with fun neuroscience games, online and at your own pace. We will help build your knowledge on the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of yoga in a summary session at the end. You will learn about and contribute to research on:

  1. Yoga + cognitive control

  2. Yoga + mental health

  3. Yoga + chronic pain

Join like-minded people interested in yoga and the brain!

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Now You’re Probably Wondering, What EXACTLY Will I Get Out Of THE neuroscience and yoga online RESEARCH PILOT?


Here’s a taste of the benefits:

  • Deeper insight into the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of yoga
  • Contribute to high quality research on yoga and neuroscience, which is currently underfunded and underrepresented 
  • Question and answer session with MDs and PhDs 
  • Virtual yoga classes from top teachers, on-demand and at an incredible price (~$5/class)!
  • Data on and appreciation for the effects yoga has on your and your peers' brains
  • Connection with other like-minded individuals at the conclusion of the study

Testimonials

100% of attendees would recommend our work to their friends

“The Neuroscience and Yoga Online Conference was fascinating. I expected to learn about the effects of yoga on the brain and nervous system, and this conference went well beyond my expectations! The presenters were extremely knowledgeable and graciously answered everyone’s questions. The yoga classes were not to be missed as they were taught by world class yoga masters.”

 

“It was a beautiful event and I was impressed with the quality of the content and the scientific approach. Because I'm based in the UK, I watched the live Saturday presentations at midnight but I must say, I stayed with you all the way to the end and I didn't want to leave! I was so happy to listen to the modern voice of yoga. Thank you very much for that and I'm looking forward to more.”

 

“First of all, thank you so much for this wonderful conference. I had no idea that it was going to be so good! :)) I found an amazing community to stay in touch, share and collaborate with in the future. I truly hope the conference will continue further into the future. Again, thank you so much, what an honour!”  

 

“The Neuroscience and Yoga Online Conference was truly exceptional because of the quality and inclusivity. I would recommend the conference to those coming from any background and all levels of interest and expertise in both neuroscience and yoga. The conference was extremely well-organized, easy to follow, and a fantastic opportunity to learn and make connections.” 

 

“For those beginning to teach, this is the sort of information often missing from 200 level teacher training programs. Too often claims are made in yoga without a scientific basis. This conference should be a requirement for those wishing to receive a teacher training certificate. Attending is also likely to motivate you to continue learning what the evolving science has to saw about the practice of yoga.”

 

“This was such an insightful and informative event! I'm completely honest when I say that there were so many golden nuggets in there, and as a yoga teacher myself, I got to learn about the scientific aspects of fear, pain, brain functions and more, which I take as an enrichment to my teaching. There should be more of that during Yoga Teacher Trainings! I also want to mention that all the knowledge was accessible. I also got inspired to read up on their other research studies, and am currently doing that! I would most definitely attend another Neuroscience and Yoga Online Conference.” 

wHAT COMES WITH REGISTRATION 


Neuroscience and Yoga Online Research Pilot

  • $30
  • 6 virtual yoga classes over three weeks, on demand and at your own convenience
  • Fun neuroscience games before and after the yoga classes, ranging from 5-30 minutes
  • Access to our Facebook Group for ongoing discussion at the end
  • A final presentation and Q&A by MDs and PhDs detailing the theory and results of the experiments
  • Details of your neurophysiology test results compared to your peers (anonymously)

Do you Have questions?


Why an online research pilot?

Great question! High quality science is expensive, and neuroscience and yoga research is notoriously underfunded. Yet yoga students spend >$16 billion per year on classes. Starting and ending yoga classes—which students already pay for—with simple and fun neuroscience games allows our team to deliver high quality yoga experiences while simultaneously advancing scientific insight on the effects of yoga. Our goal with the Neuroscience and Yoga Online Research Pilot is to use technology to make this virtual, cheaper, more widely understood, and accessible to people all over the world. 

For participants, you will be able to take top notch yoga classes, learn about neuroscience and yoga, and contribute to high quality research. 

A pilot is a launching pad for a larger experiment. This helps us work out the kinks and improve the process before launching the full experiment. 

Why neuroscience and yoga? 

From our anecdotal experience, we all know yoga affects the nervous system in some way. Yet, much more high quality science is needed to understand why. And even worse, we are in a time when science misinformation runs rampant, especially on social media. Yogis will benefit from understanding science, and this will result in evidence-based conclusions and implementations of yoga. Ultimately, this program hopes to accomplish more connection between scientists and yogis. 

 

Who is this online research pilot for? 

This program is for people interested in how yoga affects the brain. Your level of practice can be anywhere from beginner to advanced, even to world-renowned teacher.

You will be able to take top notch yoga classes, contribute to high quality research, and learn the science of what underlies your experience of yoga, such as better mental health, less anxiety, decreased pain, faster reaction times, and improved attention. 

 

What is "NeuroYogaNYC"?

NeuroYogaNYC is *not* another new style of yoga. We are a neuroscience outreach organization based in New York City that works to bridge the yoga world and the neuroscience world. We do this by hosting events, replicating hands-on neuroscience experiments, conducting research, and sharing resources through multimedia. We aspire to support yoga students in their journey of studying the self—from a neuroscience perspective. Come study with our expert MDs, PhDs, and students in this newest project, the Neuroscience and Yoga Online Research Pilot! 

 

I'm on a tight budget. How can I join?

We want this pilot and this knowledge to be accessible to as many people as possible. This means we designed the program to be affordable.  

The price for the yoga classes AND neuroscience knowledge at the end is frankly a great deal! However, to accommodate every possible budget, we do offer ways of reducing the cost. Reach out to us on the support page below! This will include sharing the pilot with others as a way to reduce the cost.

I'm not located in the United States. Can I still join?

Yes!! Absolutely! This program is designed to be global, and we want a diverse group of people join.

Please note: all content will be in English.

Why Should I Sign Up For The
Neuroscience and Yoga Online Research Pilot?


Once-In-A Lifetime Curated Studies 
Actionable Content

Fundamental brain science explained by the top neuroscience and yoga experts in the world.

You Don’t Even Need To Leave Your House — Join From Your Computer

There’s no flight or hotel room to book… saving you thousands of dollars, unpaid work leave, and time away from your family.


World-Class Quality Yoga Classes

These will not be your ordinary online yoga classes. We take pride in choosing the absolute best teachers.


Contribute to the future of neuroscience and yoga research! 

Research belongs to all of us. Help fund and contribute to the future of research on yoga, while taking great yoga classes and learning about the brain for yourself! 

Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of yoga Revealed By The Experts


Your journey to this knowledge could go one of two ways:

Long and Difficult Way

  • You could spend countless hours trying to subscribe to journals, reading scientific papers riddled with jargon, and piecing together the relevant content. You could also try to learn this from non-experts, such as the YouTube rabbit hole, but miss critical details.

Efficient and Simple Way

  • You can join our program and not only contribute to research but also learn from it.

MEET tHE TEAM

Jonathan Rosenthal, MD

Hi, I’m Jonathan.

I'm a resident physician neurologist, and a yoga student of Sri Dharma Mittra. Since 2014, I have been passionate about neuroscience and yoga.

I started studying neuroscience and yoga—separately—as a teenager. It took me until my 20s to begin to appreciate their connection. How does yoga affect our memory? How does yoga affect our mood? How does yoga affect our self-regulation? How does yoga affect neurologic diseases like stroke, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy? These are all questions I hope to make progress on. 

I look forward to getting to know everyone and advancing our collective understanding of yoga's effects on the nervous system. 

Kristin Anderson, PhD

Hi, I’m Kristin.

I'm a neuroscientist and research fellow in Pediatrics and Psychiatry. I am interested in the prevention stress-related diseases such as depression and anxiety. Stressful life events are linked to an increased risk of most diseases and while there has been significant research progress in understanding stress-related biological changes, there has not been aparallel increase in our understanding of their prevention. My research focuses on individual stress responses and asks why individuals can have vastly different outcomes to the even the exact same stressor. What mechanisms underlie the natural stress resilience seen in some individuals that remain resistant to the development of stress-induced pathology even in the face of extreme stressors? My goal is to understand these individual differences in such a way that we can harness the power of natural resilience into primary preventative measures.  

I am a relatively new yogi, just beginning my yoga journey at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 through virtual yoga that many NYC studios so graciously offered for free. I was hesitant to start but soon started to see incredible benefits in my physical and mental health. The scientist in me wanted to understand what these exact changes were and the mechanism behind them. I soon found that while there is a profound and great literature out there on yoga and neuroscience research, there was still much more to do. I am passionate about science outreach and science policy – and combining these with neuroscience and yoga I hope to one day see yoga as a widely utilized evidence-based tool in our prevention toolbox that is used across society and medicine. 

Hope to see you soon – on the mat and in our neuroscience discussions!

Jessica Ruhlin, MA

Hi, I’m Jessica.

I am a teaching artist with the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the New York City Department of Education. I graduated from New York University Steinhardt in the Dance Education Program with a Masters of Art in 2018 and was awarded a Research and Creative Project grant in linguistics and neuroaesthetics after graduation. I am a lead teacher in a project on dementia research with Washington University’s Department of Neuroscience, a teaching fellow with the Kennedy Center’s Acting Right program, and I am certified in arts curriculum through Harvard’s education think-tank, Project Zero.  I have studied, performed, and taught in Russia, Uganda, Spain, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, and Barbados. Moreover, I am a type-one diabetic and am currently passionate about studying mind-body benefits of movement for disabled bodies.

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