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Welcome to 3-2-1 Tuesdays with Better Wellness Naturally- The Transformative Power of Yoga

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Quick bits of therapeutic info and learning, ideas, concepts, and quotes.

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"Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self."

- The Bhagavad Gita

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Why Yoga is So Beneficial (and no, it is not the asana or physical exercises that we’re talking about here…)
  1. Yoga triggers the release of happy hormones: Serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, and oxytocin, all of which improve mood, stabilize emotions, and reduce stress and anxiety. This can help boost self-esteem and promote feelings of happiness.

  2. Yoga cultivates mindfulness: The philosophy of yoga encourages us to be present in the moment and expand our awareness. This can help us slow down our thoughts and find peace and clarity amidst the fast pace of life. And yes, it can help us show up with more intention and control.

  3. Yoga supports brain function: Research has shown that yoga can help improve neuroplasticity; memory and problem-solving skills are likewise improved. Yoga can also improve blood and oxygen circulation, soothe the nervous system, and promote better sleep.  

Does this make yoga an effective tool for recovery from traumatic brain injury?  Research shows that it does.

A Couple of Concepts:

*Why Go Play?:

As adults, it's easy to get caught up in the daily grind of work, responsibilities, and stress. However, taking time to engage in play is just as important for our mental health and overall well-being. Play provides a release from the pressures of everyday life, allowing us to tap into our creativity, experience joy, and build connections with others. It can also improve our problem-solving skills and boost our productivity, making us better equipped to handle the challenges we face in our personal and professional lives.

*What’s the deal with my PFC?

The prefrontal cortex or PFC is an important area in the front of the brain that is responsible for executive functions, including decision making, planning, problem solving, and social behavior. It helps us to regulate our emotions and impulses, and it plays a critical role in our ability to navigate complex social situations.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a serious condition that occurs when the brain is subjected to a sudden impact or violent motion which can result in temporary or permanent cognitive, emotional, and physical impairment. The leading causes of TBI are falls, motor vehicle accidents, and sports-related injuries. (Yet another good reason to take preventative measures by wearing helmets and seat belts—and exercise caution when engaged in other high-risk activities.)

So, the good news. Recall that neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to adapt and reorganize itself in response to changing environments or experiences. And while traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of disability and cognitive impairment, recent research has shown that the brain has the capacity to reorganize and compensate for damage caused by TBI through neuroplasticity.

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