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#81 – Keen on Yoga Podcast with Dr. Stephen Porges

Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation (Norton, 2011).

In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory. This theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior.  This emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders.

The theory is leading to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders.

Stephen is the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol ™. This is currently is used by more than 1400 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement. In addition to reduce hearing sensitivities, to improve language processing and state regulation.

Also written:The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, (Norton, 2017). Co-editor of Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies (Norton, 2018). 

Dr. Porges is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium.

He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. In addition, Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. 

Dr. Porges served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences. He is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award.

See more about Dr. Porges on his website.

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