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Understanding Central Nervous System – Brain and Spinal Cord

Understanding Central Nervous System – Brain and Spinal Cord

The nervous system is the main controlling system of the body. It helps us experience the external world. The main purpose of Yoga is to cleanse the consciousness. This requires controlling the mind, which is considered a seat of consciousness. The mind involves the higher-level functions of the nervous system – memory, cognition, and intelligence. The nervous system is most influenced by Yoga and hence needs to be understood well. The nervous system is divided in two components – both…

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Understanding Insomnia from a Neuroscience Perspective

Understanding Insomnia from a Neuroscience Perspective

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder and the third most frequent health complaint worldwide – pain and headache being the first two. So far, in the series of posts related to sleep, we covered the importance of sleep, neuroscience brain waves, sleep stages and healthy sleep habits. In this post, we will cover the causes of insomnia from a neuroscience perspective. The next post will be a continuation of this one and will elaborate on why yoga helps alleviate…

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Neuroscience Evidence of Pranayama – Influence of Breath over Mind

Neuroscience Evidence of Pranayama – Influence of Breath over Mind

Neuroscience is now discovering what Yogic science has known for many millennia – the influence of breath over the mind. We not just inhale O2 and exhale CO2, but what we breathe (called “Prana” in Yogic science) is subtler than that. It has influence beyond the physical and physiological states of humans. Our breathing is linked to higher states of awareness – emotions, psyche, consciousness, and spirituality. Yogic texts suggest that the practice of Pranayama should not be considered as…

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