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Yoga Changes the Brain

One of my fellow Viniyoga teacher training classmates is a science writer and former bench neuroscientist. She recently told us about  52research published by C. Villemure and C. Bushnell of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Using MRI scans, these researchers found more brain cells in certain sections of the brains of those who regularly practice yoga.

Specifically, larger brain volume was found in the areas

  • containing a mental map of the body
  • involved in directing attention
  • involved in reducing stress, and
  • that are key to our concept of self

Furthermore, Sawn Achor, who is the author of The Happiness Advantage,spent years at Harvard researching the relationship and timing of happiness and success. He recommends daily meditation and breathing as powerful tools for inducing happiness. He notes that research shows that the brain can be permanently rewired to raise levels of happiness by practicing yoga.

These are just a few more examples of the benefits and joys of yoga.


Joanne Thompson

Joanne Thompson

Founder/Owner at Yoga for Self

Health is a precious gift and my goal is to help you live a healthier, happier life through yoga. Every private session is uniquely designed just for you. For a free telephone consultation call me at 303.818.4181. Discover whether personalized, private yoga instruction is right for you.
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