Yoga for Stress, Anxiety and Burnout: The Science and Research Evidence

with Sat Bir Khalsa, PhD

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About this talk

The pandemic has magnified stress, anxiety and burnout in nearly every sector of society, but perhaps most significantly for frontline medical providers. Healthcare workers have faced challenges above and beyond their day-to-day job stress in the pandemic — from long hours, to the care of severely ill patients, to the support of grieving loved ones. A substantial body of research suggests that yoga may be particularly beneficial for healthcare providers in the pandemic. Yoga has been shown to support the development of mind body skills which lead to improved physical health and emotional regulation, and even enhanced life purpose and meaning. Increasingly, yoga is being used as an adjunct therapy for psychological conditions, from depression and anxiety to post-traumatic stress disorder. In this presentation, Dr. Sat Bir Khalsa will present a scientific rationale for yoga in the prevention and treatment of mental health conditions, with a focus on its application to frontline medical workers. You’ll come away with an understanding of the current body of clinical research on the efficacy of yoga for chronic stress, anxiety and burnout.

About Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD is the Director of Yoga Research for Yoga Alliance and the Kundalini Research Institute, a Research Associate at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, a Research Affiliate at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has conducted research on yoga and yoga therapy since 2001 and has been a practitioner/instructor of Kundalini Yoga since 1973. His research has evaluated yoga for insomnia, chronic stress, and anxiety-related disorders, and in workplace and public school settings. He works with the International Association of Yoga Therapists promoting yoga research as scientific director for the annual Symposium on Yoga Research, and as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. He is medical editor of the Harvard Medical School Special Report, Introduction to Yoga, and chief editor of the medical textbook, The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care.

This presentation is eligible for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education (CE) credit.

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