Practicing Hatha yoga enhances brain function far more significantly than other activities like reading says a study published in the journal Mindfulness by Kimberley Luu and Peter Hall at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. A 25-minute session of Hatha yoga or mindfulness meditation can bump up brain function and energy levels more significantly than say spending 25 minutes quietly reading.
Once regarded as ‘Indian’, Yoga and meditation are now mainstream in the West. In The US alone 36.7 million people practice yoga and 18 million have taken to meditation. Hatha yoga combines breathing with meditation and movement and concludes with relaxation. Mindfulness meditation stresses on attending to what is going on in the mind without judging it.
Prof. Hall explains, “Hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation both focus the brain’s conscious processing power on a limited number of targets like breathing and posing, and also reduce processing of nonessential information.”
“Although the meditative even trump the physical posing for improving executive functions, there are additional benefits to Hatha yoga including improvements in flexibility and strength. These benefits may make Hatha yoga superior to meditation alone, in terms of overall health benefits.”
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