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Listen to our recent Soul Sessions podcast episode with certified yoga therapist and best-selling author of “Science of Yoga” and “Meditation for the Real World,” Ann Swanson.

Do you meditate? We interview Ann Swanson, best-selling author of “Science of Yoga” and “Meditation for the Real World.” Whether you are an avid meditator or just curious about the practice, this episode dives deep into the neuroscience of meditation and its multitude of benefits.

In this episode, Ann shares her insightful journey into the practices of yoga and meditation, taking us from her initial struggles to profound experiences studying in China and India. We’ll explore groundbreaking techniques for managing panic attacks, the power of visualization and Ann’s personal encounters with meditation’s vast capabilities for enhancing mental and physical health.

Ann reveals neuroscience research highlighting the transformative benefits of consistent meditation and yoga, including the remarkable work of Dr. Sarah Lazar. We’ll discuss how these ancient practices are being validated by modern science to combat lifestyle diseases, foster neuroplasticity, and support cardiovascular and cellular health.

Also discussed in this episode:

• The immediate and long-term effects of meditation on the brain
• The difference between mindfulness and meditation
• Meditation in both secular and spiritual contexts
• Does consistent meditation dissolve the ego?

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INTRO  00:00

Welcome to CreativeMind Soul Sessions with Debra Berndt Maldonado and Dr. Rob Maldonado, founders of CreativeMind. Explore personal growth with us through Jungian psychology, Eastern spirituality, and social neuroscience in a deep, practical way. Let’s begin. 

Debra Maldonado  00:25 

Do you like meditation? Do you want to learn more about it? Good news. We have an incredible guest on this week’s podcast. Her name is Ann Swanson. She’s a mind-body science educator and certified yoga therapist. She’s the author of Science of Yoga and her newest book, Meditation for the Real World. Before we begin, I do want to remind you to click here to subscribe to get every episode on our channel, if you’re watching us on YouTube. If you’re listening to us on Spotify, iTunes or other podcast services, don’t forget to subscribe so you can get access to all these incredible interviews. Without further ado, I’d love for you to meet Ann Swanson and her interview with Dr. Rob.

Robert Maldonado  01:08

We’re here with Ann Swanson, author of Meditation for the Real World. Welcome to the podcast.

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