Vijayendra Pratap, Ph.D., D.Y.P. is Director of the Yoga Program at the Marcus-Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, President of the Yoga Research Society and Founder/Director of the SKY Foundation. A student of Swami Kuvalayanandaji, Dr. Pratap served at India’s Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute as Lecturer of Yoga and Mental Health, Assistant Director of Scientific Research, and Managing Editor of Yoga Mimamsa. He is the author of Beginning Yoga, Yoga Vision, Secrets of Hatha Vidya, Stories Retold, Yoga of Gheranda, and Yoga of Goraksa. In this workshop, Dr. Pratap will teach Yogic postures, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation practices. A Classical Yoga discussion with a focus on Yoga for mental health will conclude this program.
Intermittent Fasting for Brain Health
MARK MATTSON, Ph.D.
Mark Mattson, Ph.D. is Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging, and a Professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. His research is aimed at understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms of brain aging and the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, and stroke. His work has elucidated how the brain responds adaptively to challenges such as fasting and exercise, and he has used that information to develop novel interventions to promote optimal brain function throughout life. Dr. Mattson is among the most highly cited neuroscientists in the world. He has received many awards including the Metropolitan Life Foundation Medical Research Award, the Alzheimer’s Association Zenith Award and the Santiago Grisolia Chair Prize. This presentation will reveal how intermittent fasting can improve indicators of metabolic and cardiovascular health in humans by reductions in oxidative damage and inflammation.
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