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The Neuroscience of Yoga and Meditation

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The Neuroscience of Yoga and Meditation presents a comprehensive review of scientific research on the effects of yoga and meditation on the brain. The author offers tools for interpreting scientific literature and explores the current limitations in studying these practices. She also includes examples of mediations and movement routines that activate the brain to decrease stress and improve well-being.

The Neuroscience of Yoga and Meditation is a must-have for any yoga teacher, yoga therapist, or yoga student who is interested in how contemplative practices affect the brain. Topics Include:

- Anatomy of the brain
- How the senses work
- Movement and proprioception
- Breathing science
- Styles of Meditation
- Stress, inflammation, and trauma
- Psychological disorders and neurological conditions
- Brain Plasticity and aging
  • Published: Jul 21 2023
  • Pages: 192
  • 244 x 190mm
  • ISBN: 9781913426439
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Press Reviews

  • Ashley Juavinett, PhD, author of So You Want to be a Neuroscientist?
    With ease, experience, and tons of research, Fair swiftly weaves connections between the relatively new practice of neuroscience with the centuries-long practices of yoga and meditation. This is a must read for any yoga practitioner who wants to understand why yoga is so amazing for our minds and bodies.
  • Caitlin Pascucci, E-RYT500, Founder of Sangha Studio
    "In an easily digestible format, The Neuroscience of Yoga and Meditation is a one-of-a-kind resource. Through its scientific analysis of yoga and suggested practices it provides yoga teachers tools to create deeply impactful classes for students."
  • Sharon Bergmann, OTR/L

    The Neuroscience of Yoga and Meditation is a comprehensive review of the current research in this area. The book provides the groundwork of the neuroanatomy involved in yoga and meditation and builds upon these concepts to provide the practitioner with thoughtful evidence-based approaches. As an occupational therapist, I look forward to referencing this text when I use movement and breathwork with my clients. I particularly appreciate the inclusivity of different physical conditions to support the broad population I serve in the disability community
  • Ariana Rabinovitch

    The Neuroscience and Yoga and Meditation provides a much-needed comprehensive overview of research on the brain and yoga. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about the science behind the fascinating connection between the body and mind. Filled with approachable tips and insights, readers will gain a fundamental understanding of how yoga can optimize brain and body health.
  • Dr. Kaleigh Mulpeter PT, DPT, E-RYT

    Fair's premier work "The Neuroscience of Yoga and Meditation" provides a comprehensive and accessible resource for individuals with or without a background in neurology. Her work is enjoyable to read while being thorough and precise in its portrayal of the connections between the neurological system and the practice of yoga. Readers will enjoy an enhanced experience in their own yoga practice through the insights she presents. I would recommend her work to anyone hoping to learn more about the mind-body connection through an evidence-based, Western lens.