Yoga and Science is a collaboration between Marshall Hagins and Eddie Stern born out of their shared curiosity at the intersection of science and yoga.

The Yoga and Science Conferences present current scientific evidence on yoga that is accessible, rigorous, and practical. We aim to increase interactions of yogis and scientists so that evidence-based findings can be used in the real world.

We host international conferences, educational programming, and provide forums for a fuller understanding of the benefits and mechanisms of yoga, as seen through the lens of both Western and Eastern Sciences.

Dr. Marshall Hagins

was a ballet major in college and danced on Broadway. Dr. Hagins obtained his BS in physical therapy, and a masters and PhD in Biomechanics and Ergonomics from New York University. Dr. Hagins is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Long Island University and Senior Clinical Research Associate at Harkness Center for Dance Injuries in Manhattan. Dr. Hagins has published over 40 papers in peer reviewed journals in the areas of Yoga, Dance Medicine and Sports Injuries. Dr. Hagins and Eddie Stern have collaborated on 6 studies examining various aspects of yoga, one of which received $300,000 in support from the National Institutes of Health. In all cases Eddie Stern devised and implemented the yoga curriculum while Dr. Hagins devised and implemented the study protocols and analyses.

Eddie Stern

is a yoga teacher, author, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for his multi-disciplinary approach to furthering education and access to yoga, as well as his teaching expertise in Ashtanga Yoga. His projects include the Urban Yogis, a gun- and harm reduction program in Queens; Breathe, Move, Rest, a public education health and wellness non-profit; and most recently, The Breathing App, a free app that teaches resonance breathing for stress and anxiety reduction. He has published several books on yoga, including Yoga Mala (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace (TASCHEN). His next book, The Little Beginner’s Book on Yoga (FSG) is due out in 2018. Eddie teaches out of his school in Brooklyn, Ashtanga Yoga New York. He studied under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, South India, for nineteen years.


Hagins, M., Rundle A. Yoga improves academic performance in urban high school students compared to physical education: a randomized controlled trial. Mind, Brain and Education. Vol. 10, Issue 2, June 2016, pages 105-116.

Hagins M, Rundle A, Consedine NS, Khalsa SB. A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Effects of Yoga With an Active Control on Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Individuals With Prehypertension and Stage 1 Hypertension. J Clin Hypertens, 2014 Jan 4;PubMed PMID: 24387700.

Wang D., Hagins M. Perceived benefits of Yoga among Urban School Students: A Qualitative Analysis. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Vol 2016. Article ID 8725654, link

Hagins M., States R., Selfe T., Innes K., Effectiveness of yoga for hypertension: systematic review and meta-analysis. Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2013; 2013:649836. doi: 10.1155/2013/649836. Epub 2013 May 28. link

Daly, L, Haden S., Hagins M., Papouhis N., Ramirez P., Yoga and emotional regulation in high school students: a randomized controlled trial. Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. vol. 2015, Article ID 794928, 8 pages, 2015. doi:10.1155/2015/794928

Haden, S. Daly, L., Hagins M. A randomised controlled trial comparing the impact of yoga and physical education on the emotional and behavioural functioning of middle school children. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies Volume 19(3) September 2014 148–155

Special guest collaborator representing NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Alexandra (Ali) Seidenstein

holds a faculty position in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at NYU-Tandon where she teaches courses such as Genetics, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology for the Biomolecular Science Program.  Ali’s PhD work in Neural and Behavioral Science led her to join the BlueStone Clinic at NYU-Dental School. Under Dr. Bradley Aouizerat, she is investigating differential gene expression changes and epigenetics associated with trauma and PTSD. After spending three years studying yoga in Mysore, India, she received her authorization to teach yoga by the late Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. To follow, she taught for five years at Ashtanga Yoga New York, and now continues to teach yoga in NYC. As founder and president of the non-profit organization, Kids Who Care, Inc., Ali continues to work with at risk youth, as well as teaching yoga to trauma survivors at various NYC centers.  It has been a lifelong goal and work in progress to continue to bridge the gap between scientific research and the therapeutic benefits of yoga.

Sara-Lee Ramsawak

serves as the Director of Academics & Global Programs at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. She has a bachelor’s in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s in Media, Culture, and Communications from New York University, and is pursuing a second master’s degree in International Education from New York University, graduating in May 2019. In addition to her primary responsibilities at Tandon, Sara chairs the Prehealth Committee, which advises and administers student services and academic opportunities for students interested in going to medical school or pursuing other health professions. She sits on the Board of Kids Who Care Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information and education to non-traditional students and those that are less represented. She is passionate about education and adamant about providing all learners with the tools and resources necessary to get into and be successful in a university. She is a Tandon Representative for the NYU Administrators Management Council, a Graduate Student Organization Representative for her master’s program academic department, and hopes to continue to her studies and receive her PhD in International Education in the near future.


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