About Valerie Knopik

Valerie Knopik is a Senior Research Scientist, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, and E-RYT in Providence, Rhode Island. Formally trained in classical ballet, as well as a former runner, Valerie has always been a believer in staying active but yoga is the perfect marriage of her work in mental health & her love of movement & anatomy.

Yoga Medicine: Is Yoga the Magical Mood Elixir?

by Valerie Knopik for Mantra Wellness Magazine. After teaching last week, a new student came up to me two days after class and said, “That yoga class... I felt muscles that I didn’t even know that I had turn on; my body was literally humming the next day. It was as if I had this [...]

By | 2018-05-17T16:29:11+00:00 May 17th, 2018|

Back to Basics: Breath is the New Black

by Valerie Knopik for Yoga Digest. Lately I’ve been fascinated by the human brain’s proclivity for being seduced. Yoga students are seduced by the fancy (and perhaps erroneously labeled ‘advanced’) yoga poses. University students are seduced by the new, sexy, advanced concepts in certain academic fields. We are seduced, visually or otherwise, to the point [...]

By | 2018-03-19T20:32:08+00:00 March 19th, 2018|

Valerie Knopik & Yoga Medicine on High Energy Health Radio

By HealthyLife.net. Valerie Knopik, PhD, the Director of Research for Yoga Medicine, discusses on High Energy Health Radio how the practice of yoga & meditation can be used as a healing modality. Valerie explains how there is a yoga style for everyone & any body type, regardless of physical fitness or range of mobility. She describes [...]

By | 2018-01-15T18:29:58+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

Let’s Talk Yoga Medicine

More and more, the worlds of science and natural remedies and practices continue to work in tandem with one one another. We took some time to chat with Valerie Knopik who works with Tiffany Cruikshank, the founder of Yoga Medicine that blends these principles together. ATHLEISURE MAG: Tell us about your background and how you came to work with Yoga Medicine. VALERIE [...]

By | 2018-01-15T18:26:06+00:00 April 30th, 2017|

Happy Father’s Day from Yoga Medicine!

By Valerie Knopik. Fathers come in all forms - biological, step, traditional, non-traditional, uncles, brothers, friends, single mothers who take on the role of both mother and father, you name it.  Let's honor these father figures in our lives today (and how about everyday!) by foregoing the traditional Father's Day gifts and instead giving them [...]

By | 2018-01-15T18:24:35+00:00 June 17th, 2017|

Yoga and Meditation – The Fountain of Youth?

By Valerie Knopik for Yoga Digest. When I first started to practice yoga over 20 years ago, it was for the physical practice. As my practice matured, I stepped onto my mat not only for the physical connection but also because it soothed me - mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. It brought me to a peaceful [...]

By | 2018-01-15T18:26:17+00:00 June 30th, 2017|

Perspectives on Nutritional Mental Health

By Valerie Knopik. Yoga Medicine assistant teacher Valerie Knopik shares her perspectives on nutritional mental health in a multi-part series on how the Yoga Medicine® approach might just change your practice, your teaching, and your life. In a recent article on “The Emerging Field of Nutritional Mental Health” Kaplan and colleagues state, “We live in [...]

By | 2018-01-15T18:33:14+00:00 June 5th, 2016|

5 Stealth Stretches to Do In-Flight Because Deep Vein Thrombosis Is No Joke

By Chelsea Peng for Marie Claire. Spotify's ads have been a mixed bag lately—hate the "Milkshake" phone plan one, love to listen to the Calvin Klein girl who somehow manages to speak with only enough air to flutter her vocal chords—but one of them brings up a good point: You are dying! We all are, because modern live demands that [...]

By | 2018-01-15T18:55:29+00:00 November 7th, 2016|