Soul Science: Where Biological and Complementary Research Meet
By Kristy Meyer on May 30th, 2012
I have spent the last 14 years absorbed in the world of life science. I’ve spent many hours talking w/ scientists about their experiments, their labs, and their lives. This helped me define a career focused on customer service, sales, market research, and finally social media. The best part of my job is when I get to spend time talking to scientists about their research and careers.
About nine years ago, I started taking my health very seriously. I began w/ a very ambitious weight loss program that included yoga and began a second love affair with the practices (postures or asana, meditation, using a neti pot) associated with a yogic lifetstyle.
Science and Yoga seem to be two entirely different beasts. They dress differently (t-shirts with om symbols vs. t-shirts with DNA helices on them). They smell different (LB Broth vs. Nag champa).
Yet, the people of these two very different cultures DO agree on the following statements:
- Let’s improve the world and the health of its inhabitants
- Experiment until you determine the right method for a situation
- A failure is a success because you’ve learned something
- Curiosity is always an asset
- Amazing discoveries happen when you say, “That’s weird…” and not “EUREKA!”
- Most outcomes are vastly different from your predictions
That brings us to “Soul Science”. The goal of this column is to find where the biological sciences and yoga currently overlap successfully, and hopefully learn where they are headed. I’m interested in pulling out good science, and useful yoga/alternative healing techniques and learning why they work from both perspectives.
I’ll do so by talking to scientists who experience and/or research the effects of yoga, and reporting back where I see them converging.
Who knows what we’ll uncover!?
Stay tuned tomorrow for the first Soul Science article: Genetics and Tantra, featuring Ingrid Borecki, Ph.D.!