Yoga Meditation Alters Your Brain

Yoga meditation can have the power to changes lives, and not just metaphorically. I remember when I was in college, all those many years ago, and how stressful it could be. Preparing for exams was particularly grueling and would require many nights of short or even no sleep. For many undergraduates, there’s severe insomnia as well as other health and emotional liabilities. A recent article by staff writer Ami Bruce at La Voz Weekly at De Anza College nicely summed up what the students at her institution feel about doing yoga  and its effects on both their bodies and their minds.

Yoga Meditation Alters Your Brain

Yoga is shown to release several feel-good chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine, offering those who practice yoga a better sense of ease.

“It’s definitely relaxing,” said Kirby Kiefer, 26, business science major.

Yoga’s benefits go beyond the sake of flexibility and relaxation.

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Yoga meditation can profoundly change both the mind as well as the body. Photo by Comstock c/o Photos.Com.

Researchers at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health have found through MRI scans that yoga actually creates positive changes in the brain that have been seen and documented.

Additionally, yoga is shown to improve overall health in many forms including increased immune system function, improved circulation and decreased inflammation.

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More and more college students are now practicing yoga meditation. This is good news for all of us, since they will be the new thought leaders in this country and will likely exert a profound influence on future health care and health maintenance practices. There may come a day when the afternoon “yoga break” is a normal part of our national culture.

What a concept! What do you think? Should we be more actively encouraging our younger generations to adopt yoga into their lifestyle? Write a comment below and share with a friend and join in the discussion.

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.                                  —  World Health Organization, 1948

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