Waarom doet iemand aan yoga en meditatie

Vandaag lees ik een prachtige blog op Psychology Today waar ik mezelf in herken. Ik begon ooit aan yoga omdat het gezond zou zijn, maar net als 85% van yogadocenten veranderde ik gaandeweg van inzicht.

One study found that two-thirds of yoga students and 85% of yoga teachers have a change of heart regarding why they practice yoga—most often changing to spirituality or self-actualization, a sense of fulfilling their potential. The practice of yoga offers far more than physical postures and headstands—there is self-reflection, the practice of kindness and compassion, and continued growth and awareness of yourself and others.

As Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron explains:

“When we start to meditate…we often think that somehow we’re going to improve, which is a subtle aggression against who we really are.

Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.

Yoga verandert aantoonbaar je brein: het houdt de omvang van je brein in stand, beschermt dus tegen de normale krimping van ouder worden, en vergroot de activiteit van juist die hersendelen waar je geluk, welzijn en ontspanning ervaart. Geweldig toch?

A new, May 2015 study published in the Frontiers in HumanNeuroscience uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain to show that yoga protects the brain from the decline in gray matter brain volume as we age. People with more yoga experience had brain volumes on par with much younger people…

Even more interesting, the protection of this gray matter brain volume is mostly in the left hemisphere, the side of your brain associated with positive emotions and experiences and parasympathetic nervous system activity—your “rest and digest” relaxation system. Emotions like joy and happiness have exclusively more activity in the left hemisphere of the brain on positive emission tomography (PET) brain scans.

Zie ook: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/urban-survival/201506/why-does-anyone-do-yoga-anyway?#_=_