How Do Yoga And Meditation Affect Our Health and Wellbeing?

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There is no doubt that the pace at which human beings live is increasing every day. The balance between health, wealth and well-being basically does not exist anymore, mostly thanks to constant pressure to make a living and provide for our families. Although making a living is never quite enough – we always strive for the next thing, and the next thing….

Sound familiar?

To top all of this off, medical costs are on the rise and national health services are under constant pressure to look after the sick and elderly.

You will know that at TGH we strive for ‘another way’. So lets take a real look at how we can achieve a healthy mind, body and soul – increasing our own personal well-being and happiness, despite the pressure to constantly perform optimally. Is it possible? How can we stop feeling constantly stressed, tired and overworked?
We think that there could be a simple way. In this article, we aim to show you how you can improve your health and well-being, reduce stress and ultimately live a happier and healthy life.

The Human Brain

The arts of meditation and yoga have been around for more than 5,000 years and are known to have a physical as well as a psychological effect on individuals. This effect is seen in the brain.

In 2011, a team of Harvard researchers conducted a study on the benefits of meditation on the brain. They revealed that there were actual physical differences in the structure of the brain’s gray matter between test subjects that meditated and those that did not.

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The Study

The test was conducted over an eight-week period with 16 individuals taking part in the program focused on Mindful-based Stress Reduction. Brain structure was measured with the use of 3-D magnetic resonance images before and after the 8-week training program. The group of 16 participants spent approximately half an hour a day completing mindfulness exercises, followed by a questionnaire.

The magnetic resonance images revealed a clear increase in the density of the hippocampus’s gray matter which is known to affect memory and learning. The scientists also found a correlation between participants’ reduction in stress and the amygdala’s gray matter density. The amygdala is the part of the brain which plays a role in anxiety and stress.

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