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April 27, 2015
April 27, 2015
Will Yoga Meditation Prevent Memory Loss?
The medical health benefits of yoga are great and deserving of research, but many people neglect to consider the psychological benefits of yoga. This is not simply a more calm and relaxed mental state. Mental functioning is improved, depression and anxiety are relieved, insomnia is less frequent, and there is a noticeable improvement in memory functioning. The busy world that we live in causes high levels of stress and demands more attention than our minds can safely provide. Because of this, the mind is not as capable of normal functioning, and this involves the loss of memory.
Yoga can be used both to prevent memory loss and to improve memory functioning. Both of these are important in helping a person lead a happier and more comfortable life, and an exercise that can do both, such as yoga and meditation combined, is ideal. The practice of yoga helps the body relax, the blood vessels dilate, and the muscles stretch. The improved blood flow and oxygen carrying capacity leads to improved mental functioning. The art of meditation relaxes and calms the mind, while allowing it to open to deeper levels that were not previously accessible.
Memory functioning is improved through the heightened senses of concentration and relaxation induced by the practice of meditation. This also leads to the student having a better ability to multi-task and remember what happens during this time. Revitalizing poses and those that target the nervous system help to improve memory and other mental functioning. Any pose that involves improved circulation and oxygen flow will cause more oxygen to go to the brain, which will revitalize the area and also remove and toxins or blockages that may have developed that could potentially be affecting the memory.
Preventing memory loss can be easier than improving an already damaged memory, and there are some specific poses that can help with this process. The knee to head pose can help to sharpen memory functioning, as it improves circulation and allows the mind to detach from the body. The yoga nidra pose helps to maintain a balanced level of health in the body, which ultimately leads to better mental capacity. Alternate nostril breathing can be used to soothe the nerves of the spine, which sharpens the memory and prevents future loss of memory. The cobra pose and the mountain pose can both be used to improve oxygen intake, resulting in better mental functioning.
April 27, 2015
Yoga and meditation for loss of memory: The human brain is naturally inbuilt with massive power and capacity that contains giga and terabytes of computer element known as memory. The job of memory is to store thoughts, information and supplying of desired information when needed. The studies and researches proved that the function of brain for store information is highly effected by levels of stress as stressful condition may kills brain cells and lead to memory loss due to excess production of cortisol hormones in the body.
According to series of studies published in journal of Neuroscience, regular performance of exercises and other physical activities can promote new brain cells and these new cells move from one part of the brain to another part to create new brain. Practicing ancient therapy of yoga is referred as the best way to keep alive and active new cells of brain by offering relief from feeling of stress.
The techniques of yoga efficiently engage or develop harmony between mind, body and soul is said to be an ideal solution to overcome the problem of memory loss. Physical postures, paranayama and meditational approaches in yoga are helpful for improving memory power and functions of brain like cognition, attentiveness, processing of sensory data and visual perception. The techniques are also helpful in calming mind and enhancing concentration by increasing blood supply to brain cells. This form of physical activity grants ability to acquire enormous mind power and quick recalling power. Meditational practice provides improvement in memory because of increased flow of blood to brain cells and reduction in levels of dangerous stress hormones.
There are different types of meditational techniques; all of them are effective and worthwhile for enhancing numerous aspects of physical, spiritual and mental wellness. Most commonly practiced form is transcendental meditation that offers positive benefits. It takes a lot of practice and involves deep concentration on secret mantras; this process should be practice twice a day for 20 minutes to get better outcomes. Mindfulness is another form of meditation which is healthy and helpful in reducing stress or for healing from illnesses. Mindfulness requires great training in a retreat or seminar. There is also a proven and easily practiced 10 minutes technique of meditation known as kirta kriya (KK). KK belongs to kundalini yoga tradition that involves repetition of bhajans, specific words, sentences, mantra or other verbal elements. Sometimes visualization, finger movements and controlled breathing are also supportive for improving cognition.
The physical postures or asanas beneficial for the treatment of enhancing memory include siddhasana or swastikasana, vajrasana, Sarvangasana and shirsasana. These asanas promote blood flow to head, heart and stomach due to which nervous and information system get stronger also help to activate brain cells for developing powerful memory. Inverted poses make an individual highly intelligent as a result of reverse blood flow that nourishes brain cells with sufficient supply of oxygen and blood. Deep breathing techniques of paranayama increase flow of vital forces and oxygen in brain and in other parts of body helpful for enhancing memory.
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