This event brings together the best, down-to-earth neuroscientists (MDs and PhDs) and yoga teachers to help you transcend misinformation and improve how you practice and teach yoga.

Build your knowledge on the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of yoga in three key areas: 

  1. Yoga + trauma

  2. Yoga + empathy

  3. Yoga + neurological conditions (stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parksinson's) 
  • March 16-19, 2023

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


you will master the basics of brain anatomy and physiology and then study the latest scientific research on yoga

On the first day of the conference, we will study nervous system structure and function, so no prior knowledge will be needed. We will also review how to find and read scientific works on your own, one of the most empowering skills for acquiring and confirming knowledge.

Each of the next three days of the conference will focus on a specific topic: trauma, empathy, and neurological conditions. Presentations from leading neuroscientists and yoga teachers will help you overcome misinformation in these areas, and ultimately improve how you study, practice, and share yoga with others.

Yoga + Trauma

Trauma is a becoming more and more recognized, and particularly the effects of yoga on trauma.

You will learn:

  • How trauma works in the brain and the nervous system throughout the body 
  • The effects of yoga  on the brain and body that could help with trauma
  • The most effective practices in yoga for trauma 

Yoga + Empathy

Non-violence is the first step of yoga, according to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

You will learn:

  • The difference between empathy, compassion, and altruism, and how they work in the brain
  • How yoga and meditation practices affect empathy and compassion
  • Which yoga practices have been studied and shown to affect empathy and compassion
Yoga + Neurological Conditions

Yoga may help those suffering from stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, and others. 

You will learn:

  • The risk factors for neurologic diseases and how they can be modified
  • How yoga  can support patients with neurological conditions, particularly with quality of life
  • Modifications to make yoga accessible to those with neurological conditions

You'll learn all of this and more through:

  • Presentations from top researchers in neuroscience and yoga
  • Deeper insights into the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of yoga
  • Question and answer sessions with the MDs and PhDs who specialize in yoga and neuroscience
  • Yoga classes and workshops with top teachers, including Sri Dharma Mittra and Eddie Stern
  • Opportunity to participate in hands-on science experiments that explore the intricacies of science, and how yoga affects you and your peers
  • Yoga Alliance 10-hour Continuing Education Certification

What past attendees have to say

100% of attendees would recommend our events to their friends

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.”

“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.

 “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 say about the practice of yoga.”




  • Day 3 - YOGA + BRAIN AGING

  • Day 4 - YOGA + ADDICTION

DAY 1 - Introductions
March 17


Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD

March 17, 2022 @ 9 AM EST | 6 AM PST
Streamed live and available for 24 hours

Understanding the Biomedical Science and Research on Yoga and Accessing and Interpreting Published Papers

This presentation will include a summary of the basic science and research on yoga culminating in a logic model overview.  We will then review the general breadth and depth of published yoga research and discuss the basics of accessing yoga research using research databases and of reading and interpreting published research papers.

Available to Presentation-Access Pass, Live-Access Pass, and Lifetime-Access Pass holders. Available long term to Lifetime-Access Pass holders.

Marshall Hagins, PhD + Eddie Stern + Jonathan Rosenthal, MD

March 17, 2022 @ 10 AM EST | 7 AM PST
Streamed live and then available indefinitely

Results May Vary: Introduction on How to Read a Scientific Abstract

To truly understand what science is saying about yoga, you have to go to the source - the actual scientific paper. In this session, you will be introduced to a simple and practical approach to evaluating scientific abstracts. We will also compare the actual findings to how they have been portrayed in the popular press

Available to Presentation-Access Pass, Live-Access Pass, and Lifetime-Access Pass holders. Available long term to all.

Jonathan Rosenthal, MD

March 17, 2022 @ 12 PM EST | 9 AM PST
Streamed live and then available indefinitely

Neuroscience and Yoga Online Conference Kickoff Party

Learn the ins and outs to get the most out of the conference.

Available to Presentation-Access Pass, Live-Access Pass, and Lifetime-Access Pass holders. Available long term to all.

Ben Rein, PhD

March 17, 2022 @ 5 PM EST | 2 PM PST
Streamed live and then available for 24 hours

Introduction to Neuroscience

The conference will hold many fascinating discussions about the brain - but first, how about a quick refresher? This talk will provide an overview of many fundamental principles of neuroscience, and prepare you with a sound understanding of how the brain truly functions.

Available to Presentation-Access Pass, Live-Access Pass, and Lifetime-Access Pass holders. Available long term for Lifetime-Access Pass holders.

Andrew Jones

March 17, 2022 @ 6:30 PM EST | 3:30 PM PST
Streamed live and available for 24 hours

Introduction to Yoga

Discover the philosophy and techniques of yoga and learn how to translate them into our everyday lives. 

Available to Presentation-Access Pass, Live-Access Pass, and Lifetime-Access Pass holders. Available long term for Lifetime-Access Pass holders.

Yoga Class

Lauren Duke

March 17, 2022 @ 1:00 PM EST | 10:00 AM PST
Streamed live

Yoga Class: The Art of Psychosomatic Practice

Lauren's classes use the technology of Alignment Based Yoga, Breath Practices, Somatic Psychology and Play as an application to create specific nervous system states. Through the lens of Hatha Yoga, she encourages people to join the Autonomic Conversation so they can befriend their own system. She teaches the practice as an invitation into self-inquiry and tailors the work for all levels. Her motto is "Have More Fun."

Available to Live-Access Pass and Lifetime-Access Pass holders. 


Jonathan Rosenthal, MD

Hi, I’m Jonathan.

I'm a chief resident physician in Neurology and a yoga student of Sri Dharma Mittra. Since 2014, I have been passionately sharing neuroscience and yoga, and I'm excited to present you with the 3rd annual Neuroscience and Yoga Online Conference.

My mission is to bridge the yoga world and the neuroscience world by connecting scientists and yogis, replicating hands-on neuroscience experiments for learners, and sharing resources. I aspire to support yoga students in their journey of studying the self, from a neuroscience perspective and without all the misinformation that runs rampant on the internet. Come study with our expert MDs, PhDs, and students during the Neuroscience and Yoga Online Conference! 

Do you Have questions?

Why an online conference?

Great question! Experts who study neuroscience and yoga are located all over the world. Just in this conference, we have speakers from all over the world, including Germany, India and the USA. The internet offers such an amazing way to connect all of us interested in this topic! Presentations available for 24 hours (or forever with the Lifetime-Access Pass), so people from every time zone will be able to join in.

Why a conference on neuroscience and yoga? 

This knowledge seems buried in the scientific literature, locked under coded language and scientific jargon. Worse, we are in a time when science misinformation runs rampant, especially on social media. Yogis will benefit from understanding science, and scientists will benefit from understanding yoga, and this will be evidence-based understanding. This conference hopes to accomplish more connection between scientists and yogis. 


Who is this conference for? 

This conference is for people interested in how yoga affects the brain. 

For yoga students: 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. 

For yoga teachers: supplement what you already learned in yoga teacher training, and deepen your knowledge of the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology underlying the effects of yoga practices. What you learn in this conference will support you in designing classes that benefit your students, and empower you to explain these concepts in a way that is evidence-based and thus motivating for students. 

For scientists: learn from your colleague MDs and PhDs who conduct research on yoga, and then put this to the test with our pre- and post-yoga experiments. You will get the evidence from data, and also experience it yourself from within with our live events.

For others: you are welcome to this conference, and if you're interested in how yoga affects the brain and the nervous system, you will leave with tons of valuable, impactful knowledge. 


Why the different passes?

After you register for the Presentation-Access Pass, you will have the option to upgrade your ticket.

We want this knowledge to be available for everyone. While an online conference is much cheaper to host than one in person, there are still expenses. To achieve this, we came up with the following three tickets.

By donation, the presentations are available for 24 hours to anyone who signs up for a Presentation-Access Pass—this is amazing and addresses our goal of making this knowledge accessible to as many people as possible. We suggest a $10 minimum donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

The Live-Access Pass adds hands-on experiences with live yoga classes, live neuroscience experiments, and live question and answer sessions, all synchronized with the presentations and themes for that day to enhance learning. These will be available for 24 hours after they air live. Examples will include measuring heart rate variability before and after a yoga class to show the effects of yoga on the autonomic nervous system. 

The Lifetime-Access Pass allows students to maximize learning. Repetition reinforces knowledge, and having ongoing access to the presentations means students will be able to refer back to them regularly to solidify what they have learned. Moreover, in addition to the live events to enhance learning, there will be other bonuses including workbooks, quizzes, and transcriptions. We are also open to feedback to continue enhancing this! Lastly, yoga teachers will be eligible for 10 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education with this option. 


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

We want this conference and this knowledge to be accessible to as many people as possible. This means we designed the conference to be affordable. You can sign up for the Presentation-Access Pass, which is donation-based with no minimum. 

You can upgrade your pass by sharing with your friends and without paying. Reach out to us via the support page and we can set this up for you.

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

Yes!! Absolutely!

The speakers and yoga teachers hail from all over the world, and so this conference is designed to be global, despite time zone differences. The organizers of the conference are located in New York City, so the times on the schedule are based on Eastern Standard Time. You can convert the times on the schedule above to your time zone with a time zone converter.

For all of the presentations, they are available for 24 hours, which should make them accessible for everyone around the world.

The live events, including the yoga classes, hands-on neuroscience experiments, and Q&A sessions, will be available live and for 24 hours.  If you want ongoing access to the content from the conference, consider upgrading to a Lifetime-Access Pass

Please note: the conference will be in English with subtitles in Spanish.

What if I still have more questions?

Check out our page with even more FAQs.


100% of attendees would recommend our events to their friends

“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.” 

“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. ”  

“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. I also want to mention that all the knowledge was accessible, and even as a person who is very new to neuroscience. 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.” 

Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of yoga Revealed By The Experts

Instead of spending countless hours trying to subscribe to journals, reading scientific papers riddled with jargon, and piecing together the relevant content on your own, the Neuroscience and Yoga Online Conference makes it easy to get real insights from the experts.

You will be learning from trusted neuroscientists published in leading publications, so you can feel you confident so you are not getting lost in misinformation or skipping details.

brain awareness week 2023

The Neuroscience and Yoga Online Conference takes place during Brain Awareness Week, an international celebration of neuroscience. 

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

Once-In-A Lifetime Curated Speakers 
Actionable Content

Fundamental brain science explained by the top neuroscience and yoga experts in the world (hand-picked just for the Neuroscience and Yoga Online Conference).

You Don’t Even Need To Leave Your House — Attend From Your Computer, Phone or Tablet

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 Content

This not your ordinary online event. We take pride in delivering you the absolute best content so that you can achieve the best learning possible.

Celebrate Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week is an international celebration of neuroscience, with tens of thousands of events going on across the world. This conference is one way to celebrate the brain—as well as yoga! 

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