Brain Research Confirms Yoga Lessons

V.S. Ramachandran is one of my heroes. He manages put into simple and clear language the most revolutionary ideas in neurology and brain research. In the video below, he may have just provided us with scientific proof that indeed we are all connected.

As I go deeper into my studies of Yoga, I continue to be amazed that the yogis of so many hundreds and hundreds of years past were already exploring these areas.

Questions to Ponder:

  • What is consciousness?
  • What is self and not-self?
  • How am I connected to you and everyone?
  • How do I deepen my awareness in each and every moment?
  • How does knowing a bit more about brain chemistry and function make a difference to my awareness of self and my yoga practice?

So here it is, another amazing video from the folks at TED Talks.

V.S. Ramachandran on the Brain Chemistry of Empathy

Please let me know what you think.

Shalom & Namaste,

Diana Bonyhadi

Yoga in Schools

Yes, yoga does make a difference. Here is a school in California, that has not only tried teaching yoga in the school, but has decided to make it part of their mandatory curriculum.  And guess what?  The kids like it, and are doing better not just in their classrooms but also find the benefits extending to the rest of their lives.

I commend this school for embracing yoga as part of their daily curriculum.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7390063n

Oh, and if you are wondering, that is snow falling on the screen.  Happy December.

Shalom & Namaste,

Diana Bonyhadi

 

Jean Houston on Public Radio Network

“Tending the gardens of our lives involves a kind of cosmic yoga; we yoke ourselves back to remembering that we are made of the same stuff as the Universe from which we continuously arise second by second”

Jean Houston

Have you ever had a chance to hear or see Jean Houston?j

She is one of those magical women who reminds us of who we really are and all that we can be.  She leads us on a journey of self-discovery and helps us to see our part in the global cosmos. She is also really cool, insightful and very vibrant and funny.

And guess what?  This time you don’t have to cough up any money to hear her.  Which is unusual, as she is the real thing and people all over the world turn to her for leadership on personal, interpersonal and international issues. And usually you do have to pay.

But tomorrow it is free.

So, check it out Friday at 2:00pm PST on PRN (Progressive Radio Network)

Shalom & Namaste,

Diana Bonyhadi

Do Yoga, Be Happy

Feeling Blue?  Try a downward-facing-dog pose.  A new study from Boston University School of Medicine found that yoga boosted mood more effectively than walking.  Doing an hour of yoga three times a week for 12 weeks increased GABA levels by 13 percent as measured in the study’s healthy participants right after a session.  GABA, a neurotransmitters in the brain, is lower in people who are depressed; levels rise with the use of meds.  The walkers showed nor significant increase in GABA levels.  “This is the first study to find a behavioral intervention – yoga – that has an effect on brain chemistry similar to that of antidepressants” says study author Chris Streeter, M.D.

 

So now you know, one more scientific study proves that yoga is good for you.

 

Happy downward-dog everyone.

 

Shalom & Namaste,

Diana