Yoga’s Protective Effects on the Aging Brain


Papers from major research groups on the medical benefits of yoga have continued to appear at accelerated rates over the last two years.

We track these papers daily and often pass them every term on to our students in our Teacher Training Programs, which heavily emphasize the medical benefits of yoga and closely related traditions.

One recent paper of this sort comes from a well-established research group at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and McGill University in Canada.


Some Recent Avalon Graduates Salute You!


Shown here is part of one of Avalon's recent Teacher Training graduating classes — many of whom are already teaching professionally. (We hired three students shown here immediately on graduation, and would have happily hired three or four more of them if they actually had time to teach!)

As usual in Avalon's Programs, these students are widely accomplished and come from diverse backgrounds, representing many countries read more...

Avalon’s Teacher Training Cadaver Lab

February 28th, 2015 dissection

Last year Avalon added a Human Anatomy & Dissection Lab to its University-Level Teacher Training Program — a first in yoga teacher training programs anywhere in the world. The Lab is meant to accelerate yoga's shift away from pre-scientific "New Age" directions into a serious branch of behavioral medicine. One of northern California's top Human read more...

On the Yoga Research Section of Our Webpages

January 31st, 2015 Crab_Nebula

For the past four years, we have tried to monitor the publication of every major medical or research paper linked to teaching yoga and related fields. The latter includes medical nutrition, reflecting the fact that yogic traditions in all periods of history have included some nutritional component — although none in premodern times based on scientific grounds. Many of those papers don't explicitly mention yoga, but deal with physiological and read more...