About Contemplative Studies

The Laboratory for Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies is managed by John M. de Castro, Ph.D.

It is dedicated to the academic and scientific study of mindfulness and contemplative practices, their effects on practitioners, and their application to the relief of human suffering.

The Contemplative Studies Blog was created to post information and discussion of the most recent research on contemplative practices and their impact on human health and well-being.

2 thoughts on “About Contemplative Studies

  1. My sister Sara is very involved in mindfulness, I wanted her to have your site.
    Caroline Castillo Crimm

    • Dear Sirs.
      I’m very interested in yoga research too, because I’ve been doing yoga for 30 years. Unfortunately, Western researchers don’t seem to study authentic yoga. Yoga isn’t a kind of therapy. The true goal is to awaken Kundalini and reach the state of Samadhi (“Kundalini can be awakened by Pranayama, Asanas and Mudras by Hatha Yogis; by concentration and training of the mind by Raja Yogis; by devotion and perfect self-surrender by Bhaktas; by analytical will by the Jnanis; by Mantras by the Tantrikas; and by the grace of the Guru (Guru Kripa) through touch, sight or mere Sankalpa. Rousing of Kundalini and its union with Sivaat the Sahasrara Chakra effect the state of Samadhi and Mukti. No Samadhi is possible without awakening the Kundalini.”, Sivananda, Kundalini Yoga, pp. 35-26). I’m the director of the Kundalini Emergency Network – Portugal and I’ve received a lot of messages from people who became very ill with yoga practice. They awakened Kundalini and nobody have told them what do do when that happens, and what practices we must do to prepare the body for this process of development of consciousness.

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