Workshop: Your Brain on Yoga


How does yoga benefit our physical and psychological health?

This workshop will explore how yoga, pranayama, and meditation creates mental stability and clarity during and after practice.

Join Cora Wen, ERYT-500 and international yoga therapy specialist, as she introduces the basic principles of how the brain, spinal cord and nervous system work.

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I’m excited to share this weekend of yoga inquiry, focusing on how the practice affects ourbrains and consequently what effects it can have on our nervous systems and emotions.

You may remember a class or a pose that felt like it calmed you down. Or perhaps one that filled you with lots of energy. (Handstands and back bends come to mind.) Certain poses can be wonderfully uplifting or restorative; some can both activate and calm (think headstand or tree pose).

By the same token, one’s sequencing and awareness in asana can have deep effects on the nervous system and the emotions. Certain sequences can activate and stimulate, while others create a calm space and restful energy.

There’s a big difference between a restorative class and a power vinyasa one, but in both cases it’s interesting to note how the particular alignment/expression/execution of the pose determines its effects–as much as the type of pose, your mood, the time of day, even the weather.

With focus, precision and awareness of all these factors, we can create a deep relaxation response or stimulate an energetic and invigorated sense of well-being.

This three-day workshop will teach the basics of the central nervous system, and how yoga canaffect the mind and body in both a scientific and spiritual sense.

It will take an all-encompassing,eclectic approach, incorporating concepts of western science and Chinese Medicine meridians to illuminate and explain how our bodies’ “control centers” are activated to make sensory, motor and somatic connections. Join us and find out how your brain work on Yoga!

-Cora Wen


Cora Wen has worked with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies on Therapeutic Yoga research and will educate you on how yoga asana can help address acute and chronic pain and stress disorders.

The brain is the control station of the body, controlling all mental and physical processes. In this workshop, you’ll learn how the brain sends and receives messages to and from the body.

Understanding these interactions, and how the movements and poses of yoga asana relate to them, helps you understand yoga’s deeper effects on long-term health and preventative wellness.

*Tuition is $525, or $475 if you enroll on or before 4/1. YGSF Members receive 10% off, alumni receive 15% off. This course provides 20 Elective Contact Hours


Meet Your Instructor: Cora Wen

cora wen in circle-01Cora Wen (ERYT-500) founder of Yoga Bloom LAB1000 yoga therapy training, is an international specialist in yoga therapy. She teaches throughout Asia, Canada and the United States. A yoga teacher’s teacher, her lineage is a virtual who’s who of American yoga masters including Judith Hanson Lasater, Patricia Walden and Erich Schiffmann.She left careers in fashion and corporate banking to follow her love and passion for yoga, and her expertise has risen from over two decades of practice. A favorite among students of all levels due to her extraordinary energy and life experiences that she brings to her classes.

Her funky mix of humor, anatomy and Chinese meridian magic, helps students explore asana deeper by letting their guard down and opening to the beauty behind imperfections and the acceptance of change in the body, mind and spirit.