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Yoga, Nutrition, and Inflammation: Fighting Aging and ‘Diseases of Civilization’

Arguably the most far reaching medical development of the last five years has involved our understanding of the links between chronic low-grade inflammation and so-called diseases of civilization and aging.

Diseases now routinely linked to chronic inflammation, which has risen steadily with age in t over the past … Continue reading

Yoga, Depression, and Posture: Assume the Alpha Chimp Pose!

Experiments going back to the 19th century have repeatedly shown that emotions can be manipulated simply by changing postures — a fact that is of obvious importance to the physical sides of yoga practice.  In neurobiology, postural-emotional links are known as “embodied emotion,” referring to … Continue reading

Yoga Injuries, Self-Styled ‘Gurus’, Sex Scandals, and Beyond: Recent Data

In 2012, the NY Times angered mainstream figures in the multibillion dollar “yoga industry” by publishing an excerpt from a new book by one of its science reporters, William Broad, The Science of Yoga: the Risks and the Rewards.

There are serious inaccuracies in Broad’s book, especially … Continue reading

Yoga and Anxiety Disorders: The Links Between Physical and Emotional Balance

One of the most important papers in medical yoga from recent years doesn’t mention “yoga” even in passing — as is true of many other key papers in the field. This aside, the paper suggests a lot about yoga’s neurobiological effects and remarkable psychological benefits.

The … Continue reading

Neural Control of Genetic Expression

A new experimental study recently appeared (on 11 November) in Nature Communications on ways to use neural prosthetics to alter genetic expression. To download the full paper, published by a Swiss research group, go here:

Marc Folcher et al.,  Mind-controlled transgene expression by a wireless-powered optogenetic designer cell implant.

The fact that … Continue reading