Whether you practice yoga meditation for beginners or more advanced mindfulness exercises, you may be interested to know that such endeavors can be good for the brain. Dozens of scientific investigations have found that yoga meditation techniques appear to soothe the brain waves and calm the emotions.
For instance, a groundbreaking study appearing in the journal NeuroImage found that participants who meditated long term – that is, who had between five and 46 years of experience as yoga meditators – had more neural connections in their brains.
The team theorized that meditation may be especially helpful for patients with neural conditions that affect the brain's central white matter, like multiple sclerosis.
Another study, this one in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that meditation appeared to help participant's modulate their pain levels, a benefit that may intrigue yoga enthusiasts who have chronic pain.
Finally, a report published in the journal Schizophrenia Research stated that a special form of mindfulness – dubbed "loving-kindness meditation" – seemed to reduce the negative symptoms associated with the serious mental condition.
For all yoga practitioners, even those whose biggest problem is day-to-day stress, meditation can be an effective way to relax and pursue serenity.