Your Brain on Yoga

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Wake Up to Wellness – Boost your Brain

The key is to start your day in a positive way with mindful movement such as yoga, Chi Gong, deep relaxation, meditation or prayer. Without regular practice, it’s hard develop all our capacities and live a fulfilled life. Mindfulness works by activating and calming different parts of the brain that produce inner well-being and peace.

Developing a regular morning practice is foundational in the history of health, happiness, and spiritual fulfillment. Here are some simple cues for yogic meditation to read upon arising or when you have a few moments to practice good stress management with a mindful moment during the day.

Even just 30 seconds of yoga meditation can wake up your brain and help train the mind to be clear, focused and happy.

Try these simply yet powerful ways to revitalize your brain:

Feel the energy you are made of.
Find the peace within you.
Breathe in through the nose, a smooth, deep inhalation.
Hold the air for a moment.
Open your mouth an inch and release a long, deep exhalation, whispering “ahhhh…” for 15 – 20 seconds.
Let go of tension.
Close mouth and breathe in deeply again, repeating with full awareness of the breathing.
Engage the whole heart.
Extend the spine from crown to tailbone.
Allow what’s inside you to be there, without judging it.
Become aware of your core of goodness.

Resources for Learning More:

Brain Longevity by Dharma Singh Khalsa, M. D. (Warner Books) 1997.
Change Your Brain, Change Your Body by Daniel G. Amen, M. D. (Harmony Books) 2010.
New York Times, “Yoga May Be Good for the Brain,” by Gretchen Reynolds, June 1, 2016.
Psychology Today, “Putting Your Mind to Yoga” by Linda Wasmer Andrews, November, 2013.
Scientific American, “Yoga Brain” by Stephani Sutherland, March, 2014.

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