Yoga: A path to superpowers? A scientist explores

Yoga has gained popularity as a way to achieve physical fitness, relieve stress and improve concentration.


But a new book by a scientist who specializes in the study of the mind explores whether yoga and meditation can unleash supernormal mental powers.


Called “Supernormal,” the book by Dean Radin, Ph.D. describes spiritual benefits of yoga that include powers like mental telepathy and psychokinesis, the ability to move objects by mental effort alone.


Radin looks to ancient yogic writings that date back as far as the second century B.C. and then uses scientific experiments from the field of paranormal science and parapsychology to study yogic superpowers.


The book tries to “bridge the gap between the scientific and the spiritual realm,” according to Publisher’s Weekly


Radin is the author of “Entangled Minds” and “The Conscious Universe” and is chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences.


Radin said his book is a way to “disseminate what has been thought of as secret knowledge.”


He came to write the book after traveling and speaking about yoga and meditation in India.


He explained in a radio interview: “I realized that there are a lot of people doing meditation and practicing yoga … but there is almost no one in India in the academic world who is applying the methods that have been used in the west now for over a 100 years to study these phenomena in a rigorous way.” After that realization, he said, he approached a publisher about writing this book.


Here’s more about the book:


Yoga is helping wounded warriors recover

A Marine severely injured in Afghanistan did a yoga headstand and said it was the first time he had been pain-free since his injury.

Others with post-traumatic stress syndrome are finding that yoga has a calming effect that helps combat flashbacks, depression and anxiety.

Those successes are why the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs are using yoga and meditation along side more traditional Western therapies, according to a recent story in the Los Angeles Times.

“Yoga is something that our warriors will actively engage in: It’s a challenge and it has readily evident results,” Navy Capt. Robert Koffman, a physician at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.m told the LA Times.

According to the Veteran’s Administration, yoga is used in a quarter of its PTSD therapy.

In addition to the VA’s use of yoga, a non-profit called the Veteran’s Yoga Project works to teach yoga instructors how to be most effective working with veterans. So far, the group has trained more than 200 yoga teachers how to safely and effectively teach mindful yoga therapy to people recovering from trauma.

“Veterans participating in these programs have found that mindful yoga therapy helps them sleep better, concentrate and think more clearly, manage anger and aggression more easily, and find comfort in their own skin,” according to the organization’s website. “Yoga may not cure posttraumatic stress disorder, yet veterans and active-duty individuals from all branches and eras of services find these practices to be a significant and necessary part of their recovery.”

Here’s more information about the Veteran’s Yoga Project:

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