As the festive season fades into distant memory and winter drags on, taking a proactive approach to staying healthy and resilient is all the more important. In this month’s news, Victoria Farrelly, business psychologist and resilience expert, takes a closer look at the link between physical and mental wellbeing. Discover how yoga doesn’t just stretch your body, but also grows your mind.
Flexible body, strong mind
For a long time, physical health and mental wellbeing have been seen as separate. You go to the gym to look after your body, and you see a coach or counsellor to feel mentally strong. But study after study is showing that the two are tightly connected.
Let’s take yoga as an example. A recent review of 11 studies published in the journal Brain Plasticity found that a regular yoga practice has a dramatic impact on the brain. It increases the volume of the hippocampus, the amygdala structures and the prefrontal cortex.
So what? You might ask.
These brain structures have a significant impact on our performance:
- The hippocampus is crucial for mental processing.
- The amygdala plays a critical role in emotional regulation, learning and memory.
- The prefrontal cortex is pivotal in multi-tasking, planning and decision-making.
With all 3 combined you have a powerhouse of mental strength. So, if you’re interested in performing at your best and staying well, make a change for February. Try a yoga class.
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