We all know that yoga does wonders for the mind. Even novices of asana, pranayama, and meditation report feeling increased mental stability and clarity during the after practice. Now, thanks to sophisticated brain imaging technologies, neuroscience is proving what teachers and practitioners have known for ages – that yoga and meditation can literally change your brain. But what exactly is going on up there? Take a peek inside – a basic understanding of brain anatomy and function can search as a handy road map for your inner journey – Kathryn Heagberg.
- The Frontal Lobe – It is the hub of higher cognitive functions, including planning, discriminating, abstract thinking, personality, and behaviour. The Bihar School refers to the breathing practice of kapalabhati as “frontal brain purification,” due to the reuniting effects it has on this area of the brain.
- Cerebrum – Known as the seat of conscious functioning, the cerebrum is the largest part of your brain. It’s divided into right and left hemispheres. On the physical level, the right hemisphere controls the left side of the body, and the left hemisphere controls the right. On the level of the subtle body, ida Nadi (the lunar energy channel) is connected to the right half the brain, and pingala Nadi (the solar energy channel) is connected to the left side of the brain.
Come back tomorrow to know more about how your brain changes with yoga.