Optimal Living: How Yoga Helps Keep Your Brain Healthy with Baxter Bell

September 29–October 1, 2017  |  Sellwood Yoga
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Like the rest of our body, the brain changes in numerous ways as we get older. What happens to the brain during healthy aging? And are there ways that we can positively influence the changes in the structure and function of the brain, much as we can with muscles and bones? Is yoga an ideal tool to maintain and improve brain health as we age?

Join us this weekend as Baxter charts what is currently known about the changes in the brain as we age, and what is known about techniques useful for slowing or preventing common cognitive changes. He will highlight the results from promising studies on the effects of yoga on cognitive functioning and memory loss, and discuss the common lifestyle factors and types of yogic exercises and practices that are showing particular promise in slowing cognitive decline and fostering healthy brain aging.

Friday evening session: 2 hours
A Healthy Heart if a Good Start
Keeping the cardiovascular system healthy as we age is a great first step in keeping the brain healthy, too! We will look at the interconnectedness of these 2 systems and do a heart healthy practice to end the week and start our journey into our brains!

Saturday, Session 1: 2 hours
Yoga as Brain Exercise
In this session, we will learn about some of the basic parts of the brain and how important exercise is in maintaining good brain health. And our practice will focus on this quality of asana practice.

Saturday, Session 2: 2 hours
Stress, Sleep and Your Brain
In this session, we will look at the connection between stress management and good brain health, and how sleep works to maintain a healthy nervous system. Our practice will highlight yoga tools to improve our stress management and sleep hygiene to brighten our minds.

Sunday Session: 2 hours
Learning and Brain Strength
In this session, we will look at how ongoing learning, neuroplasticity and brain
“exercises” add additional benefits to brain health over time. Our practice will utilize new learning to engage and enhance our big brains!

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