Yoga with Melissa 205, Yoga for Your Brain (1 hr) Benefits of Yoga Series

by Melissa West on November 22, 2013

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Mental training


Namaste-Yoga-205is definitely another area where we can become advanced practitioners of our yoga practice. As students of yoga, we may advance through our yoga asanas (yoga postures), however, the question is, are our minds distracted, bored and lazy? Involving your mindful attention in the present moment of your yoga practice is part of an advanced practice.

What are some of the things you say to yourself as you practice your yoga to distract yourself from paying attention to what is really happening in your body, mind, emotions, energy and spirit? “I’m bored, I’m tired, I want a more difficult practice, I’m no good at this.” Repeating these mantras makes them truths. Instead focusing on what is really happening in the moment is the task of a yogi.

Ganga White, author of Yoga Beyond Belief reminds us to be aware of our mental projections, images and concepts as we practice yoga. He states that, “positive self-images, when tempered with reality, can bring inspiration and energy.”

Our brain has the same ability to adapt and become flexible as our bodies. Neuroplasticity means that our brain has the ability to rewire itself through experience. Our mind/body vehicle of experience is yoga. Yoga creates new grooves in our brain which we as yogis would call samskaras. These create new neural pathways that affect the way we relate to ourselves, others and the world around us. Through our practice of yoga, we are undergoing a mental training, we are changing our brains and this means positive transformation as we experienced in episode 200.

As you practice yoga you are involved in mental training. Keeping your attention on the present moment experience by tuning into your body, breath, thoughts, emotions, energy and spirit, rather than allowing yourself to be distracted is part of that training.

Yoga Asanas/Yoga Postures: Deep Belly Breathing, Apanasana/Knees to Chest Pose, Marjaryasana/cat pose, Easy Meditation for Cognitive Function, Meditation for the Frontal Lobe, Downward Facing Dog/Adho Mukha Śvānāsana, Tadasana, Tree Pose/Vṛkṣāsana,  Vīrabhadrāsana/Warrior II, Eye Yoga, neck release, savasana/corpse pose

Props: Water, (Drink lots of water. Water is essential for the development of the nerve network for mental training.) Blanket or chair for sitting meditations

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