Yoga Walks The Talk – Just 20 Minutes Significantly Improves Brain Function

Researchers report that a single, 20-minute session of yoga significantly improved participants’ speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and take in, retain and use new information. Participants performed significantly better immediately after the yoga practice than after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for the same amount of time.

Emotions such as anger may have a significant impact on the body’s physiological response to the situation that elicits the emotion which affect memory and focus. Few activities can alter that state better than meditation and yoga. (more…)

Yoga's Influence on Cortisol and the Cancer Patient

Exercise as it relates to stress is complex. On the one hand, exercise itself is a stressor; on the other, it has been shown to both strengthen the body’s response to stress in some cases and weaken it in others. With cancer, this complexity may lead to the avoidance of exercise altogether, the fear being that any extra stress could worsen a weakened condition. Yoga may have special applicability here. It seems to have several mechanisms that set it apart from more intense types of exercise. Yoga can lower stress acutely and may adjust stress mechanisms in the long run, possibly conferring survival benefit to cancer patients. (more…)

A Natural Night’s Sleep

Insomnia is a growing concern in a society where higher stress levels, increased use of medication, and over exposure to technology are regularly preventing a third of us from getting a good night’s sleep.

Recent reports have suggested that watching television, and using a laptop or digital reading device in the evening could be linked with insomnia, but there are plenty of other modern causes such as environmental stress, depression, certain types of medication, and underlying health problems.

Insomnia can take a wide variety of forms including being unable to fall asleep, waking  during the night and having difficulty going back to sleep, waking too early in the morning, and feeling tired all the time even if you seem to be sleeping normally. (more…)