Dr. Sará King is a Mother, a neuroscientist, political and learning scientist, medical anthropologist, social entrepreneur, public speaker, and certified yoga and meditation instructor.
Dr. Sará King is a Mother, a neuroscientist, political and learning scientist, medical anthropologist, social entrepreneur, public speaker, and certified yoga and meditation instructor. She is an internationally recognized thought leader in the interdisciplinary field that examines the relationship between complementary alternative medicine, social justice, art, and mindfulness from the perspective of neuroscience.
Since 2019, she has been awarded several prestigious fellowships, including the Oregon Fellowship for Diversity in Research, the Society for Neuroscience Neuroscience Scholars award, the Garrison Institute Fellowship; the Restored Warriors Fellowship, and has become the first Liberatory Tech Fellow of Mobius, a non-profit dedicated to the creation of technology and systems that support global, holistic, collective thriving and aliveness. She is also a part of Google’s Vitality Labs – their well-being think tank, as a resident expert in the relationship between individual and collective healing and well-being.
Dr. King is the creator of the “Science of Social Justice” framework for research and facilitation which stipulates that well-being and social justice are one and the same thing, as well as the “Systems-Based Awareness Map” a map of human awareness and model of the relationship between individual and collective awareness and well-being, both of which she offers up for the purposes of exploring how we can collectively heal from intergenerational trauma.
She has been invited to give keynotes, offer scientific consulting, creative collaboration, and to create trauma healing circles and meditations based off of her research for Nike, the Jordan Brand, the Ford Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art, Google, The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, Oxford University, Columbia University, OHSU, UCLA, UCSF, and Harvard Medical School, among many others.
Her dissertation research examined the way low-SES urban students express resilience, navigate well-being, and complex interpersonal relationships in the context of a school-based yoga and meditation intervention, making history as the very first in U.C.L.A.’s department of education to explore the impact of yoga and meditation in urban schools from a neuroscientific and critical theorist/anti-oppression point of view.
Her research and writing have been featured in Lion’s Roar, Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Voyage LA Magazine, Mindful Magazine, Sounds True, and the Journal for Contemplative Inquiry, and she speaks regularly at conferences merging science, spirituality, contemplative practices and well-being such as the Collective Trauma Summit, The Science and Non-Duality Conference, Wisdom 2.0 and the Well-Being Summit.
In 2021, she was named “One-To-Watch” by Mindful Magazine, as well as she made the November cover of Yoga Journal Magazine as a “Game Changer” for her work bridging science, social justice and contemplative practices.
Most recently, in 2022 she was also named one of the “Ten Most Powerful Women in Mindfulness” by Mindful Magazine.