October 2017
Vol 3, Issue 10

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ONLINE COVER Here, Deborah Norris, Ph.D., certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, is shown seated in Sukhasana posture with hands in the jnana mudra position, thought in meditation practice to guide energy flow and reflexes to the brain. Dr. Norris is a neuroscientist who has conducted research at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center and Children's National Medical Center studying the effects of meditation on treating stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, pain, addiction, and neurological conditions in veterans and children. She is currently director of the Psychobiology of Healing Program in the Department of Psychology at American University in Washington, D.C., and previously spent 15 years working at a neurotoxicology lab in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Based on a nine-month study called the ReSource Project at the Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany, Valk et al. and Engert et al. report that long-term mental exercises may induce exercise-specific structural changes in the brain and reduce some indicators of stress.