Yoga practice benefits
Yoga practice has gained strong momentum in the last 20 years and no wonder because its health benefits are enormous. Increased flexibility, power, strength, and endurance are just a few qualities that are enjoyed by the persistent practitioners. Also, Yoga may improve memory better than brain training.
Maintaining a consistent and constant practice leads to results far beyond the physical plane.
- Reduction and control of anxiety. Yoga practice includes breathing exercises to help reduce and control the anxiety states, and as has been scientifically proven.
- Increasing attention. Increased attention should be focused during Asana and breathing exercises help yoga practitioners to gain more attention and good concentration.
- Amplification of inner calmness. Yoga requires accurate focusing during postural and breathing exercises, which helps the practitioner to remain calm. Meditation techniques used often during daily practice also helps to gain a state of inner calm.
- The increase of concentration. Scientific researchers have shown that practitioners develop concentration skills.
- Curing depression. Yoga helps to cure depression in many ways but especially because Yoga calms down and confer its practitioners with an elevated state of their psychic.
- Elimination of hostility and anger. Yoga is recommended by doctors worldwide to mitigate hostility and anger. It is believed that an increase in the understanding and awareness of your positive qualities, which appear in regular yoga practice help you eliminating hostility and anger.
- The improvement of memory. Yoga increases blood flow harmoniously, which improves memory.
- Develop mind-to-body connection. Yoga practice helps to develop this connection, which very few other exercises can do. Yogis who made a regular practice enjoy the benefits of this connection with calm, serenity, inner peace, and an expansion of consciousness that is greatly amplified.
- Offering a positive vision. A regular and consistent yoga practice helps to balance hormones and many other physical and mental processes, thereby helping practitioners to transform their vision about the life in a positive and profound way.
- The self-acceptance. By focusing on the inner universe, and not on the outside one, practitioners are more able to enjoy their own being because of the self-acceptance.
- Social skills. Yoga teachings on life help practitioners to deepen the connections with all the forms of life, especially with those very close to them, such as friends, family, and colleagues. This can be particularly helpful for people with developmental disabilities, such as autistic people.
- Reduces stress. Yoga requires intense focus on the practice so that practitioners are used to focusing on the present moment, without allowing other external problems or issues to stress them up. This helps to substantially reduce stress, then having a myriad of positive effects in everyday life.
Yoga May Improve Memory Better Than Brain Training
According to a recent study, yoga helps not only the body but also your mind. This study involved 25 adults aged of approximately 55 years who had problems with thinking and memory. Participants were randomly enrolled to follow a course of three months of medical treatment or yoga, and practicing memory exercises.
At the end of the study, both groups felt a similar improvement in verbal memory, that memory type used to retain names or lists of words.
Those who practiced Yoga had improvements in spatial memory, that memory type used to memorize locations and roads. The group also felt that Yoga reduced depression and anxiety.
‘Historically, Yoga was considered beneficial in the aging process,’ says Harris Eyre, Ph.D. student at Adelaide University in Australia.
Yoga training course involves a weekly Kundalini, based on breathing exercises, meditation, hand movements, and light viewing. Participants in this group were told to practice Kirtan Kriya home for 20 minutes each day.
Memory exercise group participated in weekly sessions for memory training and learned how to associate certain images or words with faces and names of people to retain easier.
Both groups showed improvements in brain activity, which resulted in improved memory.
However, because the study was too short, more research is needed in larger groups to confirm what was found here, but until then, Yoga may improve memory better than brain training.