Learning Focus and Concentration through Yoga
For many of us today focus and concentration aren’t difficult by virtue of necessity, for others however, it is an unbearable task.
Ancient and modern day yogis taught yoga as a way to gain focus and become one with yourself and the universe. Being grounded is goal of many westerners because it is so elusive. Our society doesn’t allow for quiet time, we are expected to busy with work, family, or avocations all the time and that’s not good. We need recovery time too.
Occupations, family, avocations, addiction to multi-tasking, goal achievement, and cultural pressures are among the reasons that people in the west suffer from the lack of a focused and grounded mentality.
Yoga offers a solution that few exercise programs can. Performed in a class or in your living room, yoga’s meditative quality allows your level of focus and concentration to heighten and strengthen with each session. Plus, it’s a quiet, slow activity…you are virtually forced to slow down.
Our brain functions at four levels of brainwave cycle per second activity:
- Beta: Fully active, alert, thinking and engaged with your life at that moment.
- Alpha: A much slower rate of cycles per second, that dreamy state just before you fall asleep, the creative and thoughtful level.
- Theta: Deep sleep, some activity, but nothing constructive.
- Delta: Unconscious sleep, very little activity.
Performing yoga enables you to decrease your brain’s activity from Beta to Alpha, to focus on the pose and your breath. The Alpha state by it’s very nature is quiet, calm and concentrative. Your body reacts to the poses more efficiently; stretching properly and slowly revealing your inner grounded self for confidence and strength.
In the end, isn’t that what we are all after? To discover our inner self, to become focused, to calm the chaos, gain overall strength, balance and poise. To learn how to do yoga is also an accomplishment that adds to a sense of self-esteem.
Concentration and focus are just two of the benefits of yoga that come quickly to the dedicated novice and will deepen for the seasoned veteran. You will notice the advantages of a calm and focused mind in virtually everything you do at work, at home or at play.
I recommend starting with a class and take your time as some of the poses are strenuous and difficult. There are some that I still struggle with, but I’ll get there and so will you.