And often, as was the case on a recent Monday at a Maryland conference center, most of his students are doctors and nurses.
Stretched out on orange and green yoga mats for a weekend-long workshop, the 30 students learned breathing techniques, lifestyle tips and research findings that support the health benefits of yoga.
Narayanan, a longtime practitioner and economist by day, is one of the founders of Life In Yoga, a nonprofit organization that seeks to educate people on the benefits of this ancient Indian practice. A major part of this effort, however, is directed at integrating yoga therapy in the mainstream health care system by training medical providers to use yogic breathing and techniques to treat various maladies.
“We need to expand the horizons of physicians — yoga is much more than just relaxation response,” he said. Continue reading >>