Posts From Valerie Knopik

Valerie Knopik

Valerie Knopik, PhD, is the Director of Research for Yoga Medicine, an endowed Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University, and a yoga teacher in Indianapolis, IN. Valerie has always been a believer in staying active and yoga is the perfect marriage of her work in mental health and her love of movement and anatomy. With a PhD in Psychology, Valerie is extremely active in mental health research, focusing on how our internal biology and our external physical environment (including yoga, mindfulness, and meditation) can interact to positively change our mental health landscape.

Back to Basics: Breath is the New Black

  Lately I’ve been fascinated by the human brain’s proclivity for being seduced. Yoga students are seduced by the fancy (and perhaps erroneously labeled ‘advanced’) yoga poses. University students are

The Depths of Winter – Dig deep and simplify to re-invigorate your yoga practice

  “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was, in me, an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus With the holidays behind us and winter weather in full

Yoga and Meditation – The Fountain of Youth?

Feel younger…just by breathing? Science meets philosophy in this article on how yoga keep you young!

Fall Reboot: 4 tips to stay grounded during this season of transition

Transitions, whether it be from season to season or just lazy summer days to the craziness of school, can bring challenges.

We tend to feel scattered, ungrounded, and just ‘off.’ Our daily routine, and to a deeper extent, our goals, can be clouded by the anxiety that accompanies transitions and we can easily lose track of what’s important to us. Here are 4 tips for a Fall Reboot –