Neuroscience of Yoga

A Workshop on How Yoga Affects the Mind

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Neuroscience of Yoga with Dr. Valeria Rytova

Neuroscientist, Ph.D.

Returning in 2020

Dr. Valeria Rytova

Neuroscientist, Ph.D.

I am a Russian-born, Montreal-raised Neuroscientist, now based in Melbourne. I’m passionate about yoga and kitesurfing, being a mom and contributing to others. I first discovered the benefits of yoga 15 years ago, primarily as a way of staying sane whilst pursuing a double bachelor’s in Anatomy and Anthropology. That wasn’t enough to satisfy my curiosity about human beings, so I went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Behavioural Neuroscience. During this time, I met my partner (a professional kitesurfer) and we had a baby – all of which were complemented by yoga practice (from pre-natal to Bikram - you name it)! 

In my Ph.D, I studied the neural circuitry and neurochemistry of social and emotional behaviour, such as anxiety. I am currently a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. My research focuses on the mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone Disease…and – I still practice yoga! It is my privilege to share my knowledge about the intricacies of the brain with you, while we explore the neuroscience of yoga. 


BA&Sc, McGill University

MSc in Oncology, University of British Columbia

Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Melbourne

Certificate in Teaching for Graduate Researchers, University of Melbourne

Topics covered

1.Basic Neuroanatomy

2.The Neuroscience of Memory


4.Neuroscience and Yoga

5.Effects of Yoga on the Brain and Cognitive Performance

6.Effects of Yoga on Mental Disorders

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