A new study has suggested that practicing Hatha Yoga and mindfulness meditation for 25 minutes can improve your brain function. For those who don’t know, Hatha Yoga refers to any type of yoga that teaches physical posture. Most of the Yoga classes teach this form of basic Yoga. And, according to the recent study, practicing yoga or meditationcan boost the brain’s function, cognitive abilities habitual thinking patterns and actions. After observing 31 participants, researcher Peter Hall from the University Of Waterloo said the practice can focus the brain’s conscious processing power on a limited number of targets like breathing and posing, and also reduce processing of nonessential information. Hatha yoga involves physical postures and breathing exercises combined with meditation. Mindfulness mediation involves observing thoughts, emotions and body sensations with openness and acceptance. If you too want to take up both, here are some tips for beginners. (ALSO READ Yoga Asanas for Legs: 5 Yoga Poses to Build Strong, Toned Legs).
Take an expert’s advice first
If you have any medical condition, the first step is to consult your doctor before you plan to take up Hatha Yoga. Also, inform your practitioner before you sign up for the classes, so that you will get more attention during the practice so as to customize your yoga asana practice in order to avoid any complications or injuries.
Always wear comfortable clothing while going for the practice or even when practicing at home. Avoid wearing belts and any kind of jewelry that could get in the way of your practice. Wear loose, breathable clothes.
Simply heading to your yoga class is not enough, especially if you have a weekly class. Always practice the asanas every morning. Try to include the practice session in your daily routine to reap more benefits.
Always practice yoga on empty stomach or at least 2-3 hours after your last meal. Another thing to keep in mind is to stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking sufficient amount of water so that you flush out the toxins during your yoga practice.
Warm up before practicing
Before you hit the yoga mat always have a gentle warm-up session to loosen up your body. Shake those hands, pump your shoulders, rotate your neck clockwise and anti-clock wise, massage your head, brows nose and cheeks. This will also help you shrug off the lethargy and relieve any stiffness.