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Scientists Have Finally Proven What Yoga Lovers Have Known for Centuries – Repost

Erin Brodwin wrote the article below. I really like it so I reposted it. One word of warning, many yoga classes do not have a formal meditation aspect to their class unless you want to count Savasana as meditation. I do not count Savasana as “formal meditation”.

This year I started adding a 5 minute+ of seated meditation to all my yoga classes. It is completely optional and usually after the allotted class time is completely expired. I love just sitting in our classroom even it is a noisy gym.

Remember the asanas are practiced to help keep the body quiet during meditation, not just for the physical benefits. A goal of mine is to incorporate more meditation into my day/life. After reading the article below, I better jump on it. I’m not getting any younger.

Scientists Have Finally Proven What Yoga Lovers Have Known for Centuries
by Erin Brodwin

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The news: When regularly practiced, periods of intense mindfulness can combat aging and reshape certain sections of the brain — no Lululemon required.

It was a simple, but enlightening discovery: When scientists looked at the brains of expert meditators, they found some startling physical changes. Extra wrinkles (which in the case of the brain happens to be a good thing) lined the cortex, the outer portion of the brain responsible for complex thinking like abstraction and introspection. The hippocampus, the seahorse-shaped brain structures that help us process memories, was generally bigger and more dense.

Here’s how it works: Meditation, in which you focus intently on the present for set periods of time — closing your eyes and listening to the sound of traffic outside the window; feeling your chest rise and fall with each inhaled and exhaled breath — beefs up the brain’s message delivery routes. As a result, studies of Buddhist monks suggest the brain gets better at processing information and making decisions.” Click Here to Read the Rest of this Article

Meditate Focused, Steve Mackel – Yogi in Training

Running Shoes – What Coach Steve Is Wearing for Roads and Trails – Plus ACSM Guidelines

I am often asked about running shoes so let me start out by saying there is no right shoes for everyone, maybe even most people. What works for you, works for you, and that might take a lot of trial … Continue reading

Cheseboro Half Marathon Video, Review and Garmin Data by Coach Steve Mackel

The Great Race of Agoura Hills offers different course choices; Cheseboro Half Marathon (7 miles on trails), The Pacific Half Marathon (road course), a 10k, 5k and kiddie k. Last Saturday I ran the Cheseboro Half Marathon for the first … Continue reading

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging with Dr. Sebastian Gonzales DC

Ultrasound imaging aka Diagnostic Sonography is another tool doctors can use to help correctly diagnose injuries. And, in the case of runners and triathletes our sports doctors and Chiropractors have some difficult jobs diagnosing and keeping us going. I train … Continue reading

Catalina Marathon Race Day Experience Report, Video and Garmin Data by Coach Steve Mackel

The Catalina Marathon is one of my favorite marathons. Why? Because it’s a trail marathon, it’s on a beautiful island, awesome views, challenging terrain, friends, cool people and a weekend experience. It’s not just a race. The video below starts … Continue reading

The Body is Just a Vehicile – Something to Think About Before Your Next Marathon or Half Marathon

This is one of my favorite pre-race articles. It was written by Sole Runner co-founder, Coach Gary Smith who has been living and running in China. He is pictured on the left crossing the finish line at the 2001 LA … Continue reading

Tapering for an Upcoming Marathon or Half – Check out Running Coach, Steve Mackel’s Tapering Tips

On the West Coast marathon and half marathon season is in full swing. I know Disney World in Florida had the Princess Half last Sunday. So, some of the East Coast is racing. I feel sorry for those of you … Continue reading

Meet Me at the Squaw Valley Wanderlust Festival July 17 – 20 for ChiRunning and Trail Runs

I’ll be presenting ChiRunning and Trail Running Workshops at Wanderlust Squaw Valley this summer from July 17 to July 20. Wanderlust is a unique mountaintop adventure of yoga, outdoor activities, music and nature. Join me in celebrating mindful living with a … Continue reading

How are your New Year’s Resolutions / Goals Going?

I ask it because I had my first let down this week and I am using this blog post to get back on track. I posted I would post at least 5 days a week. This post in number 4 … Continue reading

Solitary Running in LA – Enjoying the Moments by Coach Steve Mackel

I’m a data geek. I have a 910 Garmin watch, metronome and usually I train with Heart Rate too. I want to see all the data while I’m running. It has been a good thing for my racing and training … Continue reading

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