Breath deep so those memories you can keep!

Would you be interested in a free technique to boost your brain power ?

Well today’s blog post is concerned with explaining how you can do exactly that !

For 1000s of years cultures have been practicing deep breathing practicing and utilizing the benefits they provide .

However , in the past there was no certainty whether these practices provide any true benefit.

Well modern science is providing the research that suggests deep breathing can improve many aspects of central cognition and brain function!

There is no longer an excuse to avoid cashing in on these free brain boosting benefits of meditation.

 

A wise individual practicing the benefits of meditation . Photo by Peter Miller via Flickr

Types of meditation

Contrary to popular belief meditation does not involve just sitting down and breathing in and out.

Although it is a big aspect, the critical component is the position you practise and the ratio of your inhalations to exhalations and whether those occur nasally or orally.

Some of the different variations include:

  • Loving kindness meditation
  • Body scan
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Breath awareness meditation
  • Kindalini yoga
  • Zen meditation
  • Transcendental meditation

The list is vast, so if you’re interested in finding out the best type for you read more here.

The benefits

Just are there are many types of meditation , there are also many types of therapeutic benefits for its practice .

Meditation has shown to scientifically :

  • Decrease Stress
  • Control Anxiety
  • Promote emotional health
  • Enhance self awareness
  • Lengthening of attention span
  • Improved memory
  • Decreased memory loss

All these benefits for just deep breathing are too good to just pass up. But right now you’re probably wondering ” ok so science shows it improves all these aspects of emotion , but how ?”

Well that’s a very good question ! So let me try to explain .

The basic science of meditations benefits

In the most basic sense meditation has shown to improve brain function by its ability to indirectly activate the limbic system.

The limbic system is a region of the brain involved with emotional processing and memory . By increasing its function you can increase emotional control and memory .

Meditation is like a massage for the limbic system . You sit down and super charge it for 20 minutes a day and then over time can reap the benefits .

It is sort of like gym for your brain , where meditation is like the repetitions and the cognitive benefits are the “gainz” .

Hijacking the meditation circuitry

I just thought id finish this blog post by highlighting a new technology that is providing a way to hijack the way meditation

Example of brain recording technology . Photo by Michael Fainshtein via Flickr

 

 

improves brain function for people who don’t want to meditate.

This technology is called Vagal nerve stimulation.

It can be purchased as a hand held devise that stimulates the same nerves in the neck that send the breathing information to the brain responsible for meditations benefits .

Although not clinically available for this purpose yet, there is both animal and clinical studies highlighting the technologies efficacy.

More can be read about VNS here.

Anyway that wraps up today’s post about meditation ,

Feel free to leave any comments if you have further question .


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