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What yoga does to your body and brain - Krishna Sudhir

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There are many different approaches to modern yoga— though most forms have three core elements: physical postures, breathing exercises, and spiritual contemplation.This blend of physical and mental exercise is widely believed to have a unique set of health advantages. But is yoga actually beneficial to your health? Krishna Sudhir examines how this ancient tradition impacts the body and mind.

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  • Educator Krishna Sudhir
  • Director Zsuzsanna Kreif
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Storyboard Artist Zsuzsanna Kreif
  • Animator Réka Bucsi, Amanda Hertelendi, Zsuzsanna Kreif, Borbála Tompa, Borbála Zétényi
  • Compositor Zsuzsanna Kreif
  • Art Director Zsuzsanna Kreif
  • Producer The Animation Workshop, Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Music Cem Misirlioglu
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor Emma Bryce
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma, Madeleine I. Stevens
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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Krishna Sudhir
  • Director Zsuzsanna Kreif
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Storyboard Artist Zsuzsanna Kreif
  • Animator Réka Bucsi, Amanda Hertelendi, Zsuzsanna Kreif, Borbála Tompa, Borbála Zétényi
  • Compositor Zsuzsanna Kreif
  • Art Director Zsuzsanna Kreif
  • Producer The Animation Workshop, Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Music Cem Misirlioglu
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor Emma Bryce
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma, Madeleine I. Stevens
  • See more