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  • Am I Virtual Dreaming: Exploring Lucidity in Virtual Reality

    Virtual reality (VR) is designed to generate a convincing sense that people are somewhere other than where they physically are, despite knowledge otherwise. Many thinkers have noted parallels between such VR experience and lucid dreams, defined as dreams in which one knows they are dreaming. Acco...

  • How the Shamanic Journey Illuminates the Inner World

    Some people’s inner worlds are colored by the effects of unrecognized trauma, forgotten or denied experience and the disorganization this type of experience creates. Others’ inner worlds may expose them to a connection with something larger than their definition of self, which can be both inspiri...

  • Mindfulness and the clinical application of MBSR

  • Neuroplasticity and Mystical-Nondual Experiences

    Mystical experiences transcend the subject-object dichotomy of ordinary experiences to reveal a fundamental level of nondual awareness as the ground of thinking. Neuroscience provides an objective window to understand the character of nondual experiences and how they transform mind/body function...

  • The New Mind-Body Research & the Yogic Science of Integration Part 1

    Given the modern divide between mind and body widening since the Renaissance, the last two decades have seen a revolutionary shift in modern neuroscience towards a new paradigm of mind-brain-body integration. This 180 degree about face is historic not just because it reverses the five century old...

  • The New Mind-Body Research & the Yogic Science of Integration Part 2

    Given the modern divide between mind and body widening since the Renaissance, the last two decades have seen a revolutionary shift in modern neuroscience towards a new paradigm of mind-brain-body integration. This 180 degree about face is historic not just because it reverses the five century old...

  • The Brain and the Health Benefits of Yoga

  • The Brain on Stress: Epigenetic Influences on Brain and Body

    The brain is the central organ for adapting to experiences whether or not we call them “stressful”. With adaptation, the brain changes its architecture and alters systemic function via regulation of neuroendocrine, autonomic, immune, and metabolic systems. Those systems, in turn, alter brain s...

  • The Confluence of Breakthrough Science and Timeless Practice

    For centuries, modern science and medicine have been straying further and further away from the healing wisdom and arts held in common by most humans throughout history. Now suddenly, two decades of breakthroughs have brought a dramatic shift in our modern views of human nature, illness, and heal...

  • The Reality of Illusion: The Simulation Hypothesis

    At the point where the visionary yoga-based cosmologies of Hinduism and Buddhism converge with AI, quantum physics, and digital gaming, the Simulation Hypothesis claims that we live in a vast and realistic video game without knowing it! Multiple philosophies and religions have taught that reality...

  • Unwind Emotional Patterns and Repattern New Neural Pathways

    Somatic Neuro Fascial Release are movements that unwind long held emotional patterns and repattern new neural pathways. In this lecture, Yasmin shares her number one Body Yawn technique to help unwind tension, calm the mind and reset the nervous system.

  • Virtual Reality as Revealing the Self

    In his multi-volume Technics and Time, Philosopher Bernhard Stiegler argues that human beings and technology are intrinsically linked together in a co-constitutive relationship. According to Stiegler, we invent ourselves through technology and through this process we constitute the conventions th...

  • VR and AR Powered by EEG and Heart Rate for Stress Management

    In this talk by Sarah Hill, CEO of Healium and StoryUP Studios, we will learn about the therapeutic benefits individuals experience from the use of virtual and augmented reality technology. Sarah shows us how users of these technologies can see and interact with their emotions, heart rate, and br...

  • Yoga and the Science of Not Reacting

    In this talk we will explore the fundamental neurobiology of reacting and its impact on all aspects of our lives. Sourcing published scientific research and ancient Spiritual Wisdom, we will review the yogic practices that develop non-reactive awareness and a positive attitude and action that pro...