Friday, 16 January 2015

How yoga helps ‘cleanse’ the mind

On the wellness blog, there is an article ‘New beginnings – detox your mind’

Here we will consider how yoga can help bring clarity to the mind.

New beginnings-Cleansing the mind-
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  • Yoga helps us be ‘in the moment’ not worrying about the past or anxious about the future.  When we are in the moment we see things more clearly.
  • Yoga purifies the body and when the body is pure the mind becomes clear.
  • Yoga reduces stress.  When the mind is calm, we can react to stressful situations in a more considered way. Please see
  • Meditation quietens ‘monkey mind’, that is a mind that flits from one thought to another which impedes concentration. Meditation increases the grey matter in the prefrontal cortex improving awareness, concentration and decision making.  Meditation also helps us tap into our subconscious, enhancing our intuition.  Moving meditations have the same effect.  Please see
  • Negativity may be ‘stored’ in the hip area so by opening the hips, yoga hip openers can help release these negative emotions allowing for greater clarity.
  • Yoga chest openers such as backbends and breathing techniques increase the availability of oxygen to the body.  The brain requires around three times as much oxygen as the muscles so by increasing oxygen, brain function improves which in turn facilitates clarity of mind.
  • Yoga forward bends and inversions help bring oxygenated blood to the brain.  Yoga inversions also help us see things from a new perspective which can help with clarity of mind
  • Yoga twists remove toxins which can impede clarity of mind.
  • Cleansing your aura through kundalini kryias or visualisation techniques can help release any negativity which impedes clarity of mind,

Janet x

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