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Concentration & Motivation with Yoga

Concentration & Yoga

Practicing yoga can lessen anxiety, heighten concentration and improve motivation in as little as eight weeks  Researchers sought to quantify benefits that go beyond the strength and flexibility typically associated with yoga in the western world. 

84 students tested during the second and eighth weeks of four, 10-week Hatha yoga classes at California State University San Bernardino. Most participants were female (93 percent); 45 percent were Hispanic, 35 percent Caucasian, seven percent African-American, and two percent Asian. The students averaged 24 years of age; most had at least three months of consistent yoga experience prior to the class. 

Two weeks and again nine weeks into the class, participants completed three standard assessments to measure their concentration, motivation and anxiety level. The results were dramatic. "We were surprised by the degree of difference in just eight weeks of practice, there were significant increases in all three areas. We’ve noted empirical evidence that yoga carries affective benefits, but now we’ve been able to objectively measure the results." 

To measure the commonalities between sports and yoga” Both require focus and confidence," While westerners tend to regard yoga primarily as a physical discipline, in the East it is pursued as a mindful discipline, helping people live their lives with clarity and a positive outlook." 

By Andy Beachan

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