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Your brain function and energy levels may be improved with yoga and meditation

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A growing awareness of the potential for serious side effects with psycho-pharmacological agents has lead to a search for natural interventions to improve the functioning of the brain. Research shows that yoga and meditation can improve your brain function and your energy levels.

The University of Waterloo reports that brain function and energy levels can be improved with yoga and meditation. Researchers say that brain function and energy levels can be dramatically improved with

Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation.

It has been observed that with just 25 minutes a day of Hatha yoga or mindfulness meditation the functioning of your brain can be improved. Peter Hall, who is an associate professor in the School of Public Health & Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, says the conscious processing power of the brain is focused on a small number of things such as posing and breathing with yoga and meditation. This also decreases the processing of information which is not essential. Hall says this may help people focus easier on what they desire to in their daily lives.

The researchers have also found that energy levels are improved with both Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation. The release of endorphins, better blood flow to the brain and less of a focus on non-essential thoughts seem to explain the increased energy levels.

This study has been published in the journal Mindfulness. Researchers at the University of Waterloo investigated the acute effects of Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation on the executive functioning of the brain and on mood. Their findings have suggested that acute periods of Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation similarly improve both executive functioning and mood. These natural interventions to improve the functioning of the brain do not have the risk of serious side effects as is seen with the prescribing of psycho-pharmacological agents.

Dr Harold Mandel

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