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Emotion: YogaBrain Episode 5

In this episode we discuss emotion in practice and the role of the amygdala, part of the brain linked to emotion, with guests Marina Traub (yoga) and Dr. Kay Tye (neuroscience).



The amygdala is one of a pair of almond-shape structures located deep in the brain's medial temporal lobe.

The amygdala, linked to fear and pleasure
The amygdala are shown in red. Image by Life Science Databases- from Anatomography, CC BY-SA 2.1 jp,




Dr. Kay Tye is the Wylie Vale Professor of the Systems Neuroscience Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in affiliation with UCSD. Dr. Tye earned her bachelor's degree at MIT in 2003, her PhD at UCSF in 2008, opened her lab at MIT in 2012, was tenured in 2018, and moved to the Salk Institute in 2019. She has been recognized with the NIH Director's New Innovator Award and the Pioneer Award, was named SFN Young Investigator, and the Okazaki Award. Outside of the lab, Dr. Tye is the mom of two children, and enjoys spending time with her family, yoga, surfing, dancing and trying new things. Follow her on twitter @kaymtye

Marina Traub is a captivating and charismatic yoga teacher, as well as a NCAA Champion Rowing Coach, who found yoga on her own personal search for healing. She’s been bringing people more in tune with their bodies for 20 years and is known for accessible and informative cueing, a genuine love of the body’s capabilities, and a compassionate and lighthearted approach to learning and personal growth. Follow her on instagram @whereboatsgo


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Cover Image: fMRI image of the DMN by John Graner, wikipedia.

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