We use neuroimaging techniques to study neurological, cognitive and
emotional changes associated with the practice of meditation and yoga.
We also incorporate measures of peripheral physiology (breathing, heart beat) in order to
understand how meditation practice influences the brain-body interaction.
This work is funded by grants from NIH-National Center for Complementary
and Alternative Medicine.
figure 1. Brain areas that are thicker in practitioners of Insight meditation
than control subjects who do not meditate. Graphs show age and
cortical thickness of each individual, red= control subjects, blue = meditators.
"The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe
things accurately, and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our
actions later." - TKV Desikachar