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NeuroYoga.Zone™ "Health Affirmations Meditation 1" Released
Nudge yourself into an optimal health mindset with this Neuroscience based sequence of affirmations for greater health.
Getting Present: Becoming a Human Being, Rather than a Human Doing
Stu Williams and Master Yoga and Meditation Instructor Keith Engelhardt chat in Mindset Meetups Ep. 10 - Getting Present: Becoming a Human Being, Rather than a Human Doing
Our brain on "OM"
Om is a well-known single-syllable mantra, or bija (seed) mantra. Bija mantras are thought to contain creative power and primordial energy, like a seed contains a tree. There is a vast science of sound in yoga used for increasing awareness and expanding emotional states and "OM" is a primary Mantra in these practices.
Green space is good for your mental health: The nearer the better!
Living within 300m of urban green space such as parks, nature reserves or play areas is associated with greater happiness, sense of worth, and life satisfaction – according to a new study by researchers at the University of Warwick, Newcastle University and the University of Sheffield..
 

The study, published in the August issue of Applied Geography, found:-

  • Overall there is a very strong relationship between the amount of green space around a person’s home and their feelings of life satisfaction, happiness and self-worth
  • Green space within 300m of home had the greatest influence on mental wellbeing
  • An increase of 1 hectare – about the size of an international Rugby Union pitch – within 300m of residents was associated with an increase of 8 percentage points in a life satisfaction, 7 in worth and 5 in happiness.
  • Green space was less important for mental wellbeing in Central London and East London

Dr Houlden said: “We believe this it is the first study to demonstrate how urban greenspaces may improve a broader definition of mental wellbeing.

“A lot of research focuses on poor mental health, or single aspects of wellbeing like life satisfaction. What makes our work different is the way we consider multi-dimensional mental wellbeing, in terms of happiness, life satisfaction and worth.”

 
 
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Green space is good for your mental health: The nearer the better!
Living within 300m of urban green space such as parks, nature reserves or play areas is associated with greater happiness, sense of worth, and life satisfaction – according to a new study by researchers at the University of Warwick, Newcastle University and the University of Sheffield..
 

The study, published in the August issue of Applied Geography, found:-

  • Overall there is a very strong relationship between the amount of green space around a person’s home and their feelings of life satisfaction, happiness and self-worth
  • Green space within 300m of home had the greatest influence on mental wellbeing
  • An increase of 1 hectare – about the size of an international Rugby Union pitch – within 300m of residents was associated with an increase of 8 percentage points in a life satisfaction, 7 in worth and 5 in happiness.
  • Green space was less important for mental wellbeing in Central London and East London

Dr Houlden said: “We believe this it is the first study to demonstrate how urban greenspaces may improve a broader definition of mental wellbeing.

“A lot of research focuses on poor mental health, or single aspects of wellbeing like life satisfaction. What makes our work different is the way we consider multi-dimensional mental wellbeing, in terms of happiness, life satisfaction and worth.”

 
 
 
 
Sensitive–The Untold Story
"Sensitive--The Untold Story" is the first of the series and is based on Dr. Aron’s findings. In 1991 she made a breakthrough discovery: an innate trait of high sensitivity. Since then, her international bestseller "The Highly Sensitive Person" has been translated into 17 languages...
 
Are you breathing in a healthy way?

Many people are not and it impacts their health. If you breath through your mouth, you are reducing many health benefits.

We often overlook the how we breath when it comes to how it affects our health.

Breathing is one of the most fundamental things we do, day in and day out. Most people take it for granted that they do it correctly. It has been estimated that approximately one-third of people don't breathe well enough to sustain normal health. These people do not get enough oxygenation of their cells, tissues and organs.

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Nose breathing rather than mouth breathing is beneficial because it:

  • Warms, moistens and filters the air
  • Traps large particles with the nose hairs & small particles via mucous membranes
  • Facilitates inhalation of nitric oxide – a vasodilator & bronchodilator that increases oxygen transport throughout the body
  • Helps prevent colds, flu, allergic reaction, hay fever, irritable coughing
  • Retains some moisture from exhaled air, preventing nasal dryness
  • Provides a sense of smell
  • Regulates (slows) airflow because of the nose’s intricate structures
  • Facilitates correct action of the diaphragm
  • Promotes activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which calms and relaxes the body, slows the breathing and the heart, promotes digestion
  • Allows the correct position of the tongue (against the upper palate) and lip
  • (together), assisting formation of the natural dental arches & straight teeth
  • Reduces likelihood of snoring and apnea

                     Source: JUNE 2018 CONTENTMENT 4, The American Institute of Stress www.stress.org

Your breath can also be the simplest and most effective stress management tool you have.

What real-time monitoring of your breath and use it to reduce you stress, find out more at https://neuroyoga.zone/Resources/Spire

 

Use Your Three Brains for Stress Relief - Part 1
While we have three brains, and all three are important, this post focuses on one; your heart and its role in stress relief.
Extra Ocular Vision (EOV)
Discover the incredible possibilities of human potential as a result of a ground-breaking meditation technique.
10 Ways to Increase Dopamine to Boost Your Productivity

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that’s a key factor in motivation, productivity, and focus.

If you want to be productive and get things done, here's a few ways to boost your dopamine levels.

1. Discover New Things. ...
2. List Down Your Small Tasks. ...
3. Listen To Music. ...
4. Increase Your Tyrosine. ...
5. Reduce Your Lipopolysaccharides. ...
6. Exercise Often. ...
7. Establish A Streak. ...
8. Take Dopamine Enhancing Supplements
9. Make Stuff
10. Meditate


There is a cautionary note for Introverts.

How Extroverts and Introverts respond to dopamine

We know that introvert + high stimulation = big dopamine release. And a big dopamine release is no bueno for introverts.

So, what works better for them? Acetylcholine.

Unlike dopamine—which causes excitement from external rewards—acetylcholine gives you a pleasurable feeling when you turn inward, and it’s happy juice for introverts. This is why introverts enjoy daydreaming; the happiness they get from pondering ideas is similar to the happiness extroverts get from a crowded room of people.

These chemical responses explain a lot of why different personality types prefer different activities.

An extrovert’s brain becomes more active in response to dopamine, so they get a thrill out of highly stimulating social situations like networking events and parties. The reward that triggers dopamine is meeting new people. The more extroverts socialize, the greater the pleasurable response in their brains. It drives them to be more outgoing.

But an introvert’s pleasure response is triggered by acetylcholine when they focus their thoughts inward.

Pro tip: one way introverts can trigger the acetylcholine in their brains at social gatherings is by engaging in meaningful conversations with just one or two people. Deeper, intimate discussions prompt people to focus on their thoughts and come up with insightful responses.

Nerd alert: Acetylcholine is also responsible for activating the parasympathetic nervous system which triggers the body to stay calm and conserve energy in stressful situations.

Source: riskology.co

 

Keith Engelhardt A.S., B.A., MYT

"NeuroYoga" Zone ™
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A better brain makes a better life
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