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YOGA FOR THE BRAIN

Science suggests yoga can be just as good for our brains as our bodies. Here, Sarah Tucker lists five postures to give our brains a mini workout

We know more about space than we do about the workings of the brain, but neuroscientist Dr Tara Swart (taraswart.com), currently in residence at the Corinthia Hotel (corinthia.com) in central London, claims we are discovering a lot more about how the brain operates and how we are able to make it work more effectively.

“Everyone wants an agile brain; one that is able to be logical, creative, motivate, deal with emotions effectively, be able to translate and act upon intuition, and work in harmony with our bodies,” she says. “We expect a lot from our brain and yet we know so little about it, but that is changing. Increasing the amount of magnesium we take into our bodies will support brain health, as will regular but not excessive exercise, journaling – as in writing a diary (but not reading over it); talking about our emotions – rather than just ‘thinking about them’, also helps, and meditation and yoga are also excellent for brain health.”

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In this issue of OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine we’ve got lots of great ideas and inspiration to keep your practice fresh and alive on the mat. We’ve got our regular 360º Yoga anatomy academy with Doctor Yogi plus a sequence on finding relief from anxiety, one of the great challenges of the modern era. Look out for a standalone yoga teacher training guide this month too, brought to you by the OM team, where you can find out all you need to know about teacher training before you take the plunge. If you’re looking to explore the world this month then be sure to check out our yoga guide to Manchester where there’s plenty going on; it’s a city with some amazing teachers and studios. And, for you guys, we’ve got an article on Why Men Need Mindfulness, it’s an invaluable tool to learn and take with you throughout the day. Keep on reading for more yoga inspiration and advice in Britain’s best-loved yoga title. Have a fantastic month, folks.
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