Meditation helps with a variety of health problems.
Researchers use functional magnetic resonance imaging scans (fMRI) to look at how meditators’ brains are different than those who don’t meditate.
Experience meditators have decreased activity in areas of brain called the default mode network.
Leading to “lapse of disorders such as anxiety, ADHD, and buildup of beta amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s disease.”
“ Meditation may help brain tune out distractions ” http://www.wildmind.org/blogs/news/meditation-may-help-brain-tune-out-distractions Picture above is a fMRI scan of experienced meditators. “The areas shaded in blue highlight areas of decreased activity in meditators’ brains.”
Yoga in schools improves students’ concentration “ Class is in session at Achievement First Bushwick Elementary School, a charter school where students are taught in a hallway by instructors from Little Flower Yoga.” “ In Schools, Yoga Without the Spiritual” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/09/nyregion/in-yoga-classes-at-schools-teachers-avoid-the-spiritual.html?_r=4&ref=religionandbelief
Yoga in schools is presented as non-religious.
“ No om. No prayer position with the hands. Nothing that anyone could look in and think, this is religious.”
Bent on Learning program
Teaches yoga to children in school
Improves students’ concentration and reduces their stress levels.
Yoga helps increase muscle flexibility and wellness of your mind
Yoga sequence: Nine poses that enhance your body and mind
At left is the first two poses of the yoga sequence: “ From standing with feet parallel, inhale your arms high overhead. With eyes soft, exhale your arms out wide to shoulder height. Repeat this 9 times. Breathe under your arms, into all sides of your heart & let your breathing tell you when to move. Feel your body absorbing that motion.”
Competition between yoga studios
“ Off the Mat, Into Court: Lawsuit Pits Bikram and Yoga to the People”