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Our Work

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

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This work has been sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the AlterMed Research Foundation Center for Disease Control and Prevention National Institutes of Health