Self-Transformation Through Mindfulness

By Dr. David Vago for TEDx Talks.

How is the Self represented in the brain and how is it sculpted through our everyday moment-to-moment perceptions, emotions, and thoughts? Cognitive Neuroscientist, David Vago demonstrates that a systematic form of mental training involving meditation and mindful awareness has the potential to transform our self and our mental habits in a positive way. Learn more about how every moment is an opportunity to change our brain and strongly influence our health & longevity at both conscious and non-conscious levels.

A Cognitive Neuroscientist by training, David Vago has close to 20 years of experience with mindfulness practice and teaching, and over a decade conducting translational neuroimaging, cognitive, and clinical research on the basic mechanisms and therapeutic relevance of mindfulness and associated meditation/contemplative practices. Through his research, Dr. Vago focuses on one basic question – “What are the basic neurobiological and physiological components that constitute adaptive mind-brain-body interactions and their therapeutic relevance in psychiatric settings?” In addition to being an expert in the emerging field of contemplative neuroscience, David has studied the neural mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disease and chronic pain using fMRI and is translating these findings into biologically-based diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for alleviating suffering. He is the research director at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a research associate in the Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Click here to watch Dr. Vago’s TED Talk.

Want to learn more? Dr. David Vago worked closely with us to produce the online course, Neurobiology of Yoga, available exclusively with Yoga Medicine. Click here to view the online course.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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  1. Rachel Bishop May 9, 2017 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Great piece. I have been reading Giridhari Das’ book The 3T Path and it’s been teaching me these techniques. I am glad that I could read this as it reaffirms what I have been trying to acheive. Yoga is new to me, and it’s benefits are infinite, and that makes me better in all aspects of life!

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