Category: Yoga Research

Yoga combines physical exercises, breathing exercises and meditation. The healing power of yoga is well known. Our yoga research includes the effect of yoga on body cells and brain at cellular and molecular levels . We focused on the immediate and long term effects of yoga on immune system and inflammatory responses. The linkage between the cellular and behavioral effects of yoga are studied. The changes in neurobiology and neurochemistry due to yoga practices are observed.

Meditation and Oxytocin to Boost Positive Emotions

Meditation and oxytocin hormone are linked with positive emotions. Meditation generates oxytocin hormone and the oxytocin generates positive emotions.  Emotional warmth associated with loving kindness meditation (LKM) produces the hormone, oxytocin. The most common positive emotions as joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, Read more….

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Yoga Research Current Trends – International Yoga Day – 2016

On the eve of 2nd International yoga day, the world is excited about yoga. Current international yoga research is in its thrilling state. Yoga is occupying all most every endeavour of human well-being. Across the world all the top research institutes Read more….

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Yoga with Smartphones and Wearable Sensor Devices for Stress Control

Modern yoga research is heavily directed towards the use of smartphones and wearable sensor devices for stress control. Yoga apps and yoga wearable sensor devices are in the market. By measuring and tracking various parameters by sensor devices you can use the data to make the right choices in your yoga practice and day to day life. Data-driven yoga postures gives us constant feedback to measure the impact of yoga postures on moment to moment basis. Continue reading

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Neuroscience based well-being measurement indicators

In this article we discussed ten neuroscience based well-being measurement indicators. Neuroscience of well-being is not only limited to mindfulness meditation, it has progressed in many areas of well-being like exercise, office work load, school load, yoga, food, nutrition, financial fulfillment, social interaction and in many other ares. Science of well-being is an interdisciplinary science that collaborates with other fields such as medicine, neuroscience, neurobiology, physiology, chemistry, psychology, genetics, behavioral science, social science and economics. Gray matter volume, insula volume, and cortical thickness indicators are good for measuring the eudaimonic well-being. Activity in the default mode network (DMN), dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine are good for hedonic well-being. Continue reading

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Five Tips to Increase Metabolism and Decrease Obesity

Yoga and healthy lifestyle are the keys to increase metabolism and decrease Obesity. Metabolism is essential for the maintenance of healthy life. In this article, we discuss the effect of yoga, fasting and other healthy lifestyle for higher metabolism, optimum weight loss, and obesity control. Laughter, Yoga, green tea, fasting and metabolism are discussed. Continue reading

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Meditation Neuroscience and Transcendental Experience

Transcendental experience during yoga and meditation is well known for centuries. Here we discussed the safe and scientific process of transcendental experience. We also discussed neuroscience of transcendental experience during meditation. How to achieve transcendental experience? What are the risks in transcendental experience? Is it possible to transcend the limits of the material universe and entered into the realm of infinite? What are the brain dynamics and brain network connectivity during during transcendental experience? These are the few questions that I tried to explain in this article. True transcendental experience increases gray matter in the brain. It activates the prefrontal cortex—the newest part of the human brain. It creates many new pathways in the brain. The right insular cortex in the brain is activated by true transcendental experience. The insular cortex involved in compassion. moral decision making and pain control. The cortical thickness of the brain increases. Reduces the amyagdal activity in the brain. Continue reading

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Yoga and Mindfulness to Keep Stress and Blood Pressure down

Blood pressure is effectively lowered by mindfulness meditation. Downward-Facing Dog Pose Standing Forward Bend Pose and Bridge Pose are the three most important yoga poses for stress reduction. Stress is not an illness itself, but it can cause serious illness. Yoga and mindfulness meditation is the easiest cure for that. Age-related stiffening of the arteries is a key contributor to high blood pressure and the propensity to develop blood clots. Yoga and mindfulness can increase the flexibility of the arteries. Continue reading

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Yoga Poses and Stretching Exercises for Stress Reduction

Yoga stretching is an excellent exercise. It is simple and easy. It increase flexibility, improve balance and prevent falls. With all types of yoga poses, you need to engage in stretching regularly in order to get lasting benefits. Yoga stretching gives immediate release from stress. We can’t avoid all sources of stress in our lives, nor would we want to. But we can develop healthier ways of responding to them. You can practice these yoga exercises in office. Paying attention to the breathing is important during yoga stretching exercise. The mindful stretching can help you cope with the stresses in daily activities. Continue reading

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Yoga and Mindfulness for Cardiovascular System

Yoga and mindfulness improve the blood circulation and thereby reduces the causes of hypertension, heart attack or stroke. Yoga detoxifies muscles and organs and thereby improves blood circulation. Yoga brings harmony in heart and lungs. Yoga and mindfulness pumps the immune system and balance the cardiovascular system. Scientist observed that dispositional mindfulness is positively associated with cardiovascular health. During yoga session the massaging effect on the internal organs improve blood circulation. Continue reading

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Green Yoga Exercises for Stress Relief

Yoga exercise in nature even has a name. It is called “green yoga.” Many research studies validate the potency of “green yoga.” Yoga in nature are good for physical fitness and stress management. This is a 10-minute green yoga sequence in Read more….

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