A Yogic Regimen to Counteract the Disease Mechanisms and Psychological Stress of COVID-19

with Eddie Stern and William Bushell, PhD

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About this talk

In this presentation, a scientific researcher and prolific New York yoga teacher present findings from an innovative collaboration to develop an evidence-informed yoga regimen for COVID-19. Dr. William Bushell and Eddie Stern will discuss their developing theoretical model, which is presented in an ongoing series of scientific papers on the potential benefits of yoga in the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll learn about the virus’s mechanisms of action and how countering mechanisms activated by yogic practices, particularly at the portals of viral entry, may possess powerfully preventive and adjunctive treatment effects. They will also present a yogic regimen developed from this evidence, which includes practices for the head, nose, mouth, neck, and body. The regimen derives from an unprecedented body of scientific research that suggests that specific yogic practices could potentially play a critical role in the COVID-19 pandemic.

About Eddie Stern

Eddie Stern is a yoga instructor, author, and researcher from NYC. He has written yoga protocols for published scientific research studies, and public education health and wellness curriculums that have been used in over 150 schools across the United States for both students and educators. He serves on the boards of several non-profits including LIFE Camp, Urban Yogis, and Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, and is the co-creator of the International Yoga and Science Conference with Dr. Marshall Hagins. www.eddiestern.com

About William Bushell, PhD

William Bushell, PhD, is a biophysical/medical anthropologist and has been researching the health enhancing effects of yoga, meditation, and behavioral health practices for decades. His research has explored how these practices enhance the immune system, with a particular focus on infectious disease. During this time he has collaborated with leading figures in immunology, psychoneuroimmunology, and nonwestern cultures, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Nobel Prize winning scientists. He was an affiliate researcher at MIT for 26 years, and presently serves as a research director at the Whole Health Institute. He recently co-authored a paper with a team from Harvard, UCSD, and several other leading universities, which sets forth a groundbreaking framework based on decades of cross-disciplinary research for yoga as an adjunct treatment for COVID-19. He and his collaborators are continuing to further develop this model.

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