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YOGA and Meditation Improving Health



Yoga brings in Meditation


Practicing Yoga, with the deep inhaling and exhaling, takes people into the meditative mode. However complete meditation requires you to centre your focus on the breathing. It calls you to concentrate on the present. It can be best done while practicing the yoga posture that relaxes. For example, one can sit in the Gomukhasana with hands relaxed on the legs or lie in the Savasana position and meditate. One may simply sit in a straight position being cross-legged on the floor in Padmasana. It is a wonderful way of relaxing the body, mind, and soul.


Ways to practice meditation with Yoga


To master the art of meditation, one must have a time set out for regular practice. The best time to meditate is the early morning or during the dusk. Then the world is a bit calmer and the weather is a bit comfortable. There is no hard and fast rule though. Sit in an asana that relaxes you and concentrate on an object or even a dot. One may close the eyes and concentrate simply on breathing. Shirk away the other thoughts that pop into the mind and practice deep inhaling and exhaling while holding the breath at intervals for some time. The technique is best shown by a learned teacher in the Yoga class. You should not hurry to master the art instantly because like all life skills, the art of meditation needs practice and masters. The gurus have spent a lifetime while practicing it. One should focus on the present moment and keep away all the distractions from surfacing in the mind. The tact is to escape from daily worries and become mindful. Those who have a concentration problem in focusing on the self-breathing technique, though it is quite easy, can try another way out. They can light a candle and sit in the evening and concentrate on only the flame. Meditating on a candle or earthen-lamp flame has proved to be relaxing and effective for ages.


How Meditation Benefits the individual


There are a number of ways that meditation helps one in preventing aging, worries, and

diseases. It is one of the best ways to keep a healthy body and mind. Researches have confirmed that meditation reduces the stress on the brain’s “me” region. This reduces the effects of stress which are responsible for the host of diseases in the body. Concentration and meditation reduce depression, mental stress, and anxiety. Studies at Stanford University proved that meditation is responsible for reducing Social Anxiety Disorder.


Age of the brain is prevented through meditation


Studies have proved that meditation practiced for a considerable time reduces the aging

impact of the brain. A study at Harvard established that the structure of the brain changes due to meditation relieving the stress from the brain. Prolonged meditators were found to have increased thickness of the cortical in the hippocampus areas of the brain. This part of the brain is associated with the retention of memory and new learning. It regulates the emotions in a better way and takes an active part in self- realization. This increased volume of cortical is responsible for better mood and positive mind-sets.


Meditation is a good way to treat Attention Deficit Disorder


Attention Deficit Disorder can happen to anyone whether a child or a grown-up. Meditation goes a long way in improving the power of attention and concentration. Since meditation helps in focusing, it increases the concentration level. Not only does it improve the ability to study and retain, but it also improves cognitive skills as well. Hence people meditating have found increased effectiveness in performing and completing their jobs.


Meditation increases the function of the heart


It is an established fact that meditation reduces the stress hormone or the cortisol which is responsible for the generation of stress elements. It thus checks the blood pressure level and develops a better heart function. With the breathing technique which is a part of meditation, the HRV or Heart Rate Variability improves. Heart Rate Variability helps in maintaining the adaptability of the heart to changing or the variable rate of the heartbeat which can occur for a number of reasons. HRV varies for the change of altitude or due to sudden change of weather or temperature. It can also vary when one has other ailments. The American Psychological Association has proved that stress is responsible for the blockage of the heart. It clogs the heart arteries and chokes them. The functions of the heart’s platelets are reduced. Not only that, platelets start reacting and releasing the beta-thromboglobulin which is responsible for heart disease. Stress also releases factor 4 platelets which are harmful to the heart. These factors can even lead to necrosis or cause harm to the ovaries in women which is again a cause of ailment and stress. Stress when strong, leads one to vasoconstriction or complete blockage of the heart. The harmful platelets released to destroy the function of the endothelial parts of the body in human beings. Since meditation goes a long way in reducing stress, these problems are kept at check.


Meditation makes a better lifestyle by reducing addiction


Stress is the cause of sedentary life-style and even self-abusive behaviours like addiction. Meditation inculcates a sense of satisfaction and calmness in a person. Thus it helps check addiction. It controls the region of the brain which is responsible for better emotion and will-power that helps in quitting the addiction. Thus people trying to give up drinking, smoking and even drug-abuse are better helped with a daily routine of meditation.


Conclusion


Practicing Yoga helps one to meditate and induce calmness of mind. Meditation is helpful in a number of ways in reducing the ailments of the body. It decreases the aging of the brain and increases the better function of the heart. It is responsible for increasing the cortical cells in the hippocampus of the brain which is responsible for better cognitive skills, concentration, and happiness. Meditation goes a long way in correcting the pattern of lifestyle and getting rid of addiction and wrong behaviour patterns.


Practice Yoga and indulge in blissful Meditation!

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