About Brittany Fair

Brittany Fair, MS, RYT200, RCYT is a neuroscientist turned science writer, blogger, podcast host and yoga teacher. She writes about her adventures in the science of health and wellness on her website, and publishes her work in a variety of outlets. She is fascinated with how the practice of yoga and meditation can alter human physiology, especially the brain. She has developed and taught her NeuroFlow workshop around the world, which provides yogis with a basic understanding about how meditation and yoga affect the brain and why mind-body practices are good for your health and overall wellbeing. She is currently developing an online course for those who can not attend a workshop in person. Brittany previously taught yoga at the MIT, worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and CNN International as a science communicator, and taught Anatomy & Physiology at Colby-Sawyer College. Read more about the science of health and wellness on her blog:

How Yoga Affects Brain Structure and Anatomy

What’s This Research About? The scientific field of exercise science has extensively examined the effect of aerobic exercise on cognition and decision making, but far fewer studies have been conducted looking at the effects of yoga on the brain. This is the first study to investigate the anatomical and functional brain differences [...]

By |2020-01-28T19:25:44-05:00January 28th, 2020|Conditions, Meditation, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How the Breath Connects Mind and Body

What’s This Research About? Ever wondered why yoga and meditation make you feel calm and relaxed? It may be due to your breath and an important nerve called the vagus nerve. Many scientific studies have described the numerous benefits felt from practicing yoga and meditation such as increased physical health, mental health [...]

By |2019-10-15T16:15:32-04:00October 22nd, 2019|Breathing, Meditation|1 Comment

Yoga Compared to Walking: Effects on Mood, Anxiety, and Brain GABA Levels

What’s This Research About? Previous research has shown that yoga and exercise both have beneficial effects on mood and anxiety. It has also been shown that certain neurotransmitter activity, γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA), is decreased in mood and anxiety disorders. Researchers wanted to test if practicing yoga is associated with increased brain GABA [...]

Does a Consistent Yoga Practice Change Brain Anatomy?

What’s This Research About? Does a consistent yoga practice contribute to changing brain anatomy? This study examines differences in brain anatomy between experienced yoga practitioners and control subjects using structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Researchers also examined which aspects of a weekly yoga practice (postures, breath control and meditation) contributed most to [...]

By |2018-11-28T12:47:17-05:00November 29th, 2018|Meditation, Yoga Methods|1 Comment

Do the Brains of Expert Meditators Function Differently than Novice Meditators?

What’s This Research About? This study examines differences in brain activity between novice and expert meditators using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Their goals were to determine: 1) If meditation causes an increase or decrease in brain activity in regions associated with attention. 2)    If experienced meditators have greater attentional control over [...]

By |2018-11-10T16:15:21-05:00November 13th, 2018|Meditation|0 Comments
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