The practice of Yoga has existed for thousands of years; however, we still have the need to bring this practice into the modern world to make Yoga more accessible to everyone and also to help conduct quantitative research to better understand and demonstrate the benefits of Yoga. In this talk, I shall present a few technologies that can be used to assist in learning Yoga, such as new methods to monitor our autonomic nervous system and measure our breathing. I shall present on the trends of technology and how we can move beyond just wearable sensors and mobile apps. Since Yoga is grounded in basic principles of nature, simplicity and beauty, I also briefly talk about the awkward relationship between Yoga and technology, and also discuss the challenges of technology design. Lastly, I shall mention some of the general principles that can be used to guide the development of technologies for future clinical research in Yoga.
Will computers of the future become conscious? And does the scientific answer to that question have relevance for our understanding of the self in the Vedic tradition? The talk will review the Vedic model of the mind and consciousness -- described at length in the Upanishads and other text -- and compare it to the theories of the mind that have been proposed from the perspectives of neuroscience, computers, and physics. We will show that the Vedic understanding is valuable not only from the point of view of personal insight but that it can also be used to carry forward the scientific discussions of consciousness science.
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