Nervous System Reset for Anxiety, Stress & Zoom Apnea: The Science and Practice of Yogic Breathing

photo of Robert Sankara Moses
Event time: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 12:00pm
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This 8-week course will meet virtually on Wednesdays at noon EDT for 1 hour beginning on September 16, 2020.  Open and free for Yale University members and affiliates.

Instructor: Robert Sankara Moses

Course Details:

There is clear scientific evidence that regulating the breath can quickly calm the mind and lead to sustained physiological wellbeing. James Nestor, author of the New York Times Best-Seller Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art argues that most of us are breathing incorrectly and that poor respiration is the underlying cause for many common health issues. In this course participants will learn some basic breathing exercises drawn from ancient yogic breathing techniques that are useful for reducing stress and anxiety. Robert Moses is a yogi with 45+ years of teaching experience and a deep understanding of the neurological processes associated with yogic breathing. His extended bio can be found below.

The course material will be cumulative therefore please plan to attend all classes. A resource manual as well as class recordings will be made and available for student practice. Participants are encouraged to refrain from eating a meal at least one hour prior to the class.

Sponsored by:

Hindu Life at Yale, Buddhist Life at Yale, Yale Divinity School, Being Well at Yale and the Asian American Cultural Center.

Spaces will be limited; please register here.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Asha C. Shipman, Director of Hindu Life at

Instructor Bio

Robert Sankara Moses has 48 years’ experience as a teacher of Yoga and Vedanta. Born in South Africa, Robert studied architecture, travelled abroad and met his teacher, Swami Vishnudevananda, disciple of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, India, in 1972. Robert spent the next 22 years studying and serving in the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers (ISYVC). He directed ISYVC centers and ashrams and taught yoga teacher training and advanced training courses worldwide.  

In 1994, Robert left ISYVC to marry and raise a family. Robert continues to teach Yoga and Vedanta and maintains his daily sadhana. In 2003 he founded and continues to co-publish Namarupa: Categories of Indian Thought, a magazine about the philosophies and arts of India. Robert leads annual pilgrimages to sacred places of India.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Robert has been teaching Pranayama and philosophy courses on Zoom to students from around the world.