Mindfulness benefits’s research and studies have been done in recent years. Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School affirm that meditating can change your brain. And she tested the benefits of meditation and mindfulness in brain scans. Starting with her own experience she noticed that she was calmer with the practice of yoga and then started her investigation.
As she mentioned in an interview to the Washington Post, meditation can help enhance attention and emotion regulation skills. Caught our attention the fact that for meditation practitioners, the amygdala, the fight or flight part of the brain which is important for anxiety, fear and stress in general, is a smaller area compared with no practitioners. And this is also correlated to a reduction in stress levels.
Other studies had revealed that mindfulness was positively correlated with fluid intelligence, resilience, and global network efficiency. Neural structure, function, and cognitive performance naturally decline as individuals age but not in age-matched meditation practitioners. And also yoga practitioners and meditators had a lower rate of decline of fluid intelligence.
Let’s start to practice and have an introduction of Mindfulness practice if we have never tried it. It is not easy and you need to be persistent to be able to practice in a daily base. At HENKÔ program we offer a different experience, based on Surf, yoga and meditation in a natural environment.