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The Psychological Science of Yoga with Dr. Julie Kangas

June 20, 2022

Yoga is increasingly popular as a way to manage stress and anxiety and improve overall well-being. Why is yoga so effective, and what makes it different from exercise? What can research tell us about the key components that make yoga work? If you are new to yoga, or a seasoned practitioner, you will love this discussion […]

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Yoga is increasingly popular as a way to manage stress and anxiety and improve overall well-being. Why is yoga so effective, and what makes it different from exercise? What can research tell us about the key components that make yoga work? If you are new to yoga, or a seasoned practitioner, you will love this discussion between Dr. Julie Kangas and Dr. Diana Hill on the science and wisdom of yoga.

About Dr. Julie Kangas

Julie Kangas, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified yoga teacher, and certified compassion meditation teacher. She is an associate clinical professor at University of California, San Diego and a psychologist at the San Diego VA. Her current research interests include applying yoga and meditation as treatments for mental and physical illness. She serves as the Director of the Advanced Fellowship for Women’s Health and teaches doctoral and post-doctoral candidates in clinical psychology. She is the Chair of the Women’s Mental Health Committee, a Women’s Health Champion, and a member of the Diversity Action Committee, focused on training. She was recently honored by the George W. Bush Presidential Center as a leadership scholar for her work serving post-9/11 Veterans.

Key Takeaways

  • Psychological science is showing that yoga is beneficial for mental health in addition to physical health
  • Yoga offers benefits above and beyond exercise
  • Three key components of yoga include physical activity, breathwork, and mindfulness
  • It is important to be aware of cultural appropriation, consumerism, and inclusivity in yoga
  • You don’t need to have a “yoga body,” attend the perfect yoga class, or have a lot of time to start practicing today!

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Episode Segments

  • [00:00] Introduction
  • [01:56] Sponsor: Lightfully Behavior Health
  • [03:46] What Is It About Yoga That Makes It Different From Exercise?
  • [05:19] 3 Main Benefits of Yoga
  • [08:21] Yoga For All Bodies
  • [10:02] How Is Yoga Helpful For PTSD?
  • [11:53] How To Breathe If You Are Anxious
  • [13:32] The 8 Limbs Of Yoga
  • [14:18] The Science of Asana
  • [15:27] The Research On Exercise
  • [21:22] What Happens On The Mat Happens Off the Mat
  • [22:23] Awareness Of Your 8 Senses
  • [23:46] Mindfulness As Exposure
  • [27:29] Yoga For Body Image
  • [31:00] Cultural Appropriation and Yoga
  • [36:26] Synchronicity and Yoga
  • [37:44] The Benefits Of Breathwork
  • [38:41] The Science Of Breath
  • [43:27] Movement, Mindfulness And Breathwork You Can Do Today
  • [43:58] Counterposes For Balancing The Body
  • [46:42] A Daily Mindfulness Practice
  • [49:16] A Daily Breathwork Practice
  • [58:35] The Case Study Of One
  • [01:00:11] Your Daily Practice
  • [01:02:35] Connect With The Podcast

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