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First-person experience and yoga research: studying neural correlates of an intentional practice

Posted by Scott White on Saturday, June 6, 2015, In : Mindfulness 



Introduction

Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the scientific study of contemplative practices. While seated meditation practices have historically been at the center of inquiry in contemplative sciences, movement-based practices, such as yoga, t'ai chi, qigong, and others, are currently coming to the forefront of this discourse. In her introduction to the present Research Topic, Schmalzl et al. (2014) introduce movement-based contemplative practices (MBCP) and present their essent...


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**Yoga and Self Inquiry; Health Outcomes of Introspection**

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Mindfulness 


Mindful exercise is defined as physical exercise executed with a profound inwardly directed mental focus.

This focus allows postures to be performed with a meditative, proprioceptive, sensory awareness component.

The term mindful may be best described in several ways as: Self inquiry to gain knowledge to answer questions on self- control and understanding, or maintaining moment-to-moment awareness.

The inwardly directed attention in mindful exercise is performed with specific attention to breath...


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Yoga Mindfulness Explained:

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Mindfulness 


Hatha Yoga is a form of Yoga that employs a number of different body positions. These postures are held in place for a period of time before moving to the next while utilizing a specific breathing technique.

Movement is slow, and focus is placed on the body and how the body reacts to different postures. Practitioners scan their bodies to become aware of stiff muscles, which they can then loosen until the posture is correctly attained. The abdominal breathing technique and focus of awareness on...


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What is mind-body exercise? Explanation and evidence:

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Mindfulness 


Mind-body exercise couples muscular activity with an internally directed focus so that the participant produces a temporary self-contemplative mental state.

This internal focus is in contrast to conventional body-centered aerobic and muscular fitness exercise in which there is little or no mindful component.

Research on mind-body exercise programs such as yoga and reveal they have significant mental and physical value.

There also are numerous primary and secondary preventive indications for card...


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Research Update: Yoga and Meditation May Help Train the Brain

Posted by Scott White on Friday, November 28, 2014, In : Mindfulness 

New 2014 research by biomedical engineers at the University of Minnesota shows that people who practice yoga and meditation long term can learn to control a computer with their
 minds faster and better than people with little or no yoga or meditation experience. The research could have major implications for treatments of people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases.

For their study, biomedical engineers at the University of Minnesota recruited 36 participants. One group of 12 ha...

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Yoga improves dietary choices:

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, September 21, 2014, In : Mindfulness 

Researchers from the University of Washington found that regular yoga practice is associated with mindful eating, an awareness of physical and emotional sensations associated with eating. By facilitating breath awareness, yoga practice allowed individuals studied to improve emotional regulation associated with food cravings. Yoga practice was associated with reduced body mass index and improved dietary habits. 

Reference:

1.) Framson, C., Kristal, A. R., Schenk, J. M., Littman, A. J., Zeliadt, ...

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How Yoga Changes the Brain

Posted by Scott White on Saturday, May 31, 2014, In : Mindfulness 

The ancient practice promotes growth in brain regions for self-awareness


Yoga seems to bestow mental benefits, such as a calmer, more relaxed mind. Now new research may explain how. Using MRI scans, Villemure detected more gray matter—brain cells—in certain brain areas in people who regularly practiced yoga, as compared with control subjects. “We found that with more hours of practice per week, certain areas were more enlarged,” Villemure says, a finding that hints that yoga was a cont...
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