The Science of Happiness

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The Science of Happiness


Explore the science behind the the many benefits of yoga and meditation including relief from stress and anxiety and improved digestion as well as the capacity to deal with emotions like anger and grief. A powerful mix of scientific wisdom and first hand experience, this series will give you a thorough understanding of how yoga works on your body and brain.

Episode List

Learn to rewrite your unconscious response to stress in this hatha practice with Ashleigh Sergeant.
59 minutes
In the second episode of Ashleigh Sergeant's The Science of Happiness series, she shares the nourishment that can come from meditation.
18 minutes
In this Hatha practice, Ashleigh Sergeant helps you invite calm to the parasympathetic nervous system.
61 minutes
This meditation with Ashleigh Sergeant helps you bring awareness to your Limbic system.
17 minutes

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l.chalmers, posted on June 5, 2016

Love this series! Look forward to more from Ashleigh :-)

spongy22, posted on May 30, 2016

Love Ashleigh and her teachings. This series is my favorite, and I look forward to learning more from Ashleigh. The belly breathing is something I struggle with due to anxiety and grief. Because of breathing in my chest and shoulders, I have done damage and created pain in my upper chest and back area, causing limitations in my practice. Learning to retrain my breath (constantly checking in now) and carrying this through not only in my daily life, but also I am able to carry Ashleigh's cues into other classes on Gaia where cues are lacking. Any recommendations on other classes where focus of proper movement/alignment and proper breathing are the prevalent component of the practice?

KristenL@Gaia, posted on May 31, 2016


Thank you for commenting and sharing your practice! We're so glad to hear you're enjoying Ashleigh's series!

This meditation guide focuses on belly breathing, which you might enjoy watching to incorporate into your yoga practice and daily life:

You may also like this yoga series from Troy Hadeed, which focuses on breath awareness and transitions:

You can always filter all of our yoga classes by style, duration, instructor and focus here:

Thank you for your membership with Gaia! :)

sbublitz85, posted on May 18, 2016

I just completed the first class in this series. I have struggled with anxiety and depression since I was a teenager. I found that I had a shift in mood from being anxious and on edge in the beginning to becoming more calm, peaceful, relaxed, and grateful at the end of the practice. Thank you so much for such a thorough and beautiful lesson. I will come back to this often!

KristenL@Gaia, posted on May 18, 2016


Thank you for commenting and sharing your practice! We're so excited to hear that you're really enjoying the series. You can add this video to your playlist to practice it again anytime!


jillr101, posted on May 16, 2016

more classes please!!

KristenL@Gaia, posted on May 18, 2016

Hi JILLR101,

Thank you for your support! We're so glad you're enjoying this series with Ashleigh. Stay tuned for another new video in the series next week!


tarantulenator, posted on May 7, 2016

Just when one´s thinking about canceling GaiaTv membership along comes a class like this to stop you. Keep them coming.

KristenL@Gaia, posted on May 18, 2016


Thank you for commenting! We're so glad you decided to stay a member of the Gaia community :)

Stay tuned for another new video with Ashleigh next week!


obgyn, posted on May 7, 2016

This practice was exactly what I needed...I had experience a physical state of incredible anxiety earlier this week after a stressful work day. This practice provides wonderful tools for those who struggle with fear. THANK YOU!

catherine070256, posted on May 4, 2016

I was led to this practice this morning. I feel like a new person. Thank you, Ashleigh, for helping me to break the destructive cycle of stress and preparing me to face the challenges of the day with the supportive tool of breath.

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