Connecting mind and body through yoga

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa imparted “Yoga and Mindfulness: Practice, Science and Research”

Yoga pose at the Snyder Sanctuary

Lynn University hosted more than 200 students, employees and community members on March 15 for a presentation by yoga expert Sat Bit Singh Khalsa about the influence of yoga and mindfulness on the development of self-regulation and physical fitness. Dr. Khalsa described how each practice helps maintain good health by serving as preventive medicine and therapeutic intervention.

Dr. Khalsa is the director of research for the Kundalini Research Institute and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. For more than a decade he has conducted clinical research trials that evaluate yoga treatments for insomnia, addiction, back pain, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic stress. He also operates a yoga program in public schools to determine its impact on mental health in adolescents.

“One of the major benefits of yoga is learning how to self-regulate stress and emotional response,” said Khalsa. “The ability to control your internal state both psychologically and physiologically is what really underpins its value both in terms of wellness and health maintenance and as therapeutic intervention.”

Dr. Khalsa provided examples of yoga initiatives being implemented worldwide, such as yoga sessions in schools, yoga rooms in airports and the proclamation of International Yoga Day by the United Nations. He says each is a clear example of yoga’s growth in popularity over the last 10 years.

“Yoga is an inclusive activity adaptable to every shape, size, gender and age group,” said Lynn graduate student Rosa Galo. “Dr. Khalsa provided great insights on how yoga is more than just a physical activity—it can also help us find balance and improve our mental health.”

The event was part of the 2016–17 Dialogue Speaker Series presented by the College of Arts and Sciences. The series features theorists and practitioners as they share their knowledge and provoke thought in wide variety of topics. Made possible by PNC Bank, the Dialogue Speaker Series is free and open to the public.

For information regarding future events visit lynn.edu/events.

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