Inactivity is the No. 1 enemy of your brain. Experts recommend that, regardless of age, everyone should introduce yoga and meditation to their daily routine. Not only to become more flexible and relaxed, but also to prevent diseases such as dementia and depression.
Meditation for improved focus, concentration and mood
Yoga is a form of meditation in movement. It requires your full attention while slowly and fluidly you move from one position to another. While your body is slowly learning new positions, there is a certain change in your mind and emotions. In addition to becoming flexible, you introduce flexibility in other areas of your life.
There was a research exploring the influence of yoga on brain function. The research consisted of 29 middle-aged and elderly people, who were diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. They were divided into 2 groups. One group was doing mental exercises, and the other was practicing kundalini yoga and meditation. After 12 weeks, both groups have made progress in brain function and cognitive abilities.
People that were practicing yoga and meditation had better mood and improved memory. In addition, brain scans showed these people had better communication between the parts of the brain that control attention. Both groups have achieved better focus and improved their skills to multitask.
Psychological and mental benefits of yoga
Did you know that 20-minute yoga has more powerful effect on your cognitive abilities than a 20-minute aerobic exercise, like jogging?
While practicing yoga, all of your attention is directed at breathing and movement, reducing the influence of the other sources that distract concentration. You will notice that by eliminating the noise in your head, you will more easily remember things and have better focus on everyday tasks.
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Helps with depression and anxiety
If you suffer from anxiety or you are engulfed with dark thoughts, instead of antidepressants and psychotherapy, choose yoga, meditation and breathing exercises. These techniques work by lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improve the quality and increase the breathing capacity of the lungs, thereby easing the symptoms of anxiety.
Thanks to its calming effect and “getting” the nervous system back in balance, yoga can alleviate a whole range of symptoms of mental disorders caused by prolonged stress.
Using deep breathing and positive visualization, yoga will also help you reduce your sense of anxiety.
Other benefits of yoga
- increases the resistance of the organism
- reduces the risk of migraine
- improves the quality of sleep
- reduces the risk of heart disease and hypertension
- improves libido and sexual function