Breath-Focused Meditation Will Strengthen Your Brain

A significant part of meditation and yoga is your breathing patterns.

Yogis and Buddhists have trusted that Pranayama, an ancient breath-focused practice, strengthens our brain. They've believed that focusing on your breathing during meditation can have numerous cognitive benefits including…

 “Increased ability to focus, decreased mind wandering, improved arousal levels, more positive emotions, decreased emotional reactivity, along with many others.”

A new study from Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and the Global Brain Institute found research that breathing does directly affects the levels of natural chemical messengers in the brain known as noradrenaline. The production of noradrenaline helps the brain grow new connections, enhance our attention, and improve our brain health. Researchers are excited by these results because they believe it may now be possible to use breath-focused meditation to improve the overall health of our brains.

“Our findings could have particular implications for research into brain ageing. Brains typically lose mass as they age, but less so in the brains of long term meditators. More 'youthful' brains have a reduced risk of dementia and mindfulness meditation techniques actually strengthen brain networks.”

At CARAVAN we have a quick 5-minute class called Meditation Breathing that will teach you breath-focused techniques to use during mediation and throughout your daily lives.

References

“The Yogi Masters Were Right -- Meditation and Breathing Exercises Can Sharpen Your Mind.” ScienceDaily, ScienceDaily, 10 May 2018 

“Effects of Yogic Breath Regulation: A Narrative Review of Scientific Evidence.” Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Elsevier, 1 Feb. 2018

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