EPISODE 190: The Science of Stress vs. Yoga on Your Brain

Both “meditation” and “yoga” are buzz words in pop health circles, but both are actually categories of mind-body practices – not specific practices. Not all mind-body practices are the same, and the specifics are what make all the difference.

The way in which you practice yoga or meditation can lead to profoundly different neurological states, biochemical reactions, and physiological responses. Lucas Rockwood meets with medical doctor, Mithu Storoni, to dive into the science of yoga and stress, and their effects on the brain.

Listen in to learn:

  • The difference between open monitoring and focused attention meditation
  • What Brain Derived Neural Factor (BDNF) is and how yoga can increase production
  • How yogic breathing can encourage respiratory neural coupling
  • Mental health dangers of rumination during some forms of meditation
  • What happens with your stress signals during deliberate yoga practice

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Mithu Storoni MD, PhD is a medical doctor, science nerd, writer, yoga teacher, blogger and all round brain enthusiast dedicated to defeating stress from everyone’s lives. She earned her medical degree from the University of Cambridge and also holds a PhD in Neuro-ophthalmology.

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