In the March/April 2007 issue of Spirituality & Health, Louise Palmer wrote an article titled How Stress Shrinks Your Brain. It seems that stress lowers the number of brain cells in rats. When under stress, the part of the brain used in making decisions and paying attention were especially compromised.
Don't fret! There's hope for your brain. Aerobics not only slims your tummy and helps your heart; it, also, grows your brain.
There's a lot of controversy regarding whether-or-not Yoga can be aerobic. Timothy McCall, M.D., author of Yoga as Medicine, admits that "not all Yoga is aerobic." Yet, "if you do it vigorously or take flow or Ashtanga classes, it can boost your heart rate into the aerobic range."
Regardless, of the style of Yoga that you practice, all Hatha Yoga improves the efficiency of the body's ability to use oxygen. Also, breath capacity is increased. Add in a dose of meditation, which reduces stress, and your getting smarter already!
Today is the first day of the rest of your life!