Obviously, when we do something, we do it for a reason. Fitness, healthy eating, taking up less healthy habits - either for boosting our health or pure enjoyment reasons. So when we finish your yoga session at home or in a studio, you expect to feel a difference, physical and mental. And boy do we!

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Yoga has many benefits and is an effective tool to deal with depression, eating disorders, insomnia, and anxiety. Yoga is perfect for reducing stress levels, heart rate and blood pressure. When your body sends you the signals it’s calming down, the brain gets the signal, too, but at the same time, you learn to balance between staying chill and staying sharp and alert. Another amazing thing is that not only your body stays young thanks to physical exertion, but your brain as well.

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People have been practicing yoga for thousands of years, and today, many researchers and yoga adepts are dedicating their time to find the science behind the practice.

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Multiple studies have shown that yoga/meditation does actually influence the brain structure by altering and increasing in volume areas responsible for awareness, self-consciousness and attention.

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Another research seems to explain how exactly yoga helps us adopt a more relaxed way of thinking... by making your brain grow. Using MRI scans, researchers from the the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Bethesda, Md., found that those who practiced yoga on a regular basis actually have more brain cells in specific brain areas.

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There is evidence that a two-month meditation course prompts hippocampus, the organ within the brain responsible for learning and memory, to develop more gray matter density.

Moreover, yogis had larger brain volume in areas of the brain responsible for mapping our bodies, directing attention, developing concept of the self, and visualizing.

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All of this, researchers say, happens thanks to practicing yoga.

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So what techniques should you employ, exactly? On the average, the yogis who contributed to the research divided their time between 70% of physical postures, 20% of meditation, and 10% to breath work.

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