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Meditation

YOGA

SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN

TO REDUCE STRESS

& CHANGE YOUR BRAIN


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YOGA & THE BRAIN

Scientific Review published in Brain Plasticity​

Studies of individuals new to yoga found significant changes in important brain regions related to memory, emotion regulation and attention. 

  • Review of 11 published studies

  • 10-24 weeks of yoga

  • Hatha yoga (body movement, meditation, breathing exercises)

  • 11 studies (MRI, fMRI, single-photon emission CT)

  • increased volume hippocampus (memory)

  • larger prefrontal cortex, cingulate cortex

  • better performance on cognitive tests

  • better emotion regulation

  • attenuated cortisol response to stress

  • better decision-making, attention, task-shifting

  • reduces stress, anxiety, depression


"The science is pointing to yoga being beneficial for healthy brain function, but we need more rigorous and well-controlled intervention studies to confirm these initial findings"

 
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YOGA

Yoga can help relieve stress, calm the mind and body and improve one's sense of wellbeing.

Read more about the benefits of yoga from Harvard Medical School.

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QI GONG
TAI CHI

Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi

American Journal of Health Promotion

METHODS

  • Randomized controlled trials (RCTs)

  • 77 articles (6410 participants)

  • Unique form of exercise, along with yoga: "meditative movement"

  • Qigong and Tai Chi focus on: body, breath, mind

  • Offspring of ancient healing and medical practices of Asia

  • Body posture, movement, breath practice, meditation

  • Qigong is simpler, easier to learn, more repetitive practice

  • 163 physiological and psychological outcomes identified

RESULTS

Wide range of health benefits:

  • Improved bone density

  • Better cardiopulmonary fitness

  • Improved physical function

  • Fall prevention, better balance

  • Improved quality of life

  • better immunity

  • reduced anxiety, depression

"A substantial number of RCTs have demonstrated consistent, positive results especially when the studies are designed with limited activity for controls. When both Tai Chi and Qigong are investigated together, as two approaches to a single category of pratcitce, meditative movement, the magnitude of the body of research is quite impressive."

These meditative movement exercises may be an attractive, accessible, effective exercise alternative for those at risk of preventable diseases, who are sedentary, or who are lacking motivation to engage in more conventional exercise.