Urban Meditation

Yoga Brain Is The New
Runner's High

The practice confers immediate mental sharpness. Here's why.

If you've got an important afternoon meeting, you may want to consider scrapping a lunchtime run for a quick yoga session. According to a new study in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health, women who engaged in just twenty minutes of Hatha yoga (tree pose, triangle pose, downward facing dog, and hare pose, among others) were better able to focus, as well as process, retain and use new information, compared to women who ran on the treadmill for the same amount of time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
No offense to the storied and sought-after runner's high, but yoga's mental repercussions may help you get ahead: The researchers suspect that the calming, meditative effects might carry over outside of the studio, improving your focus for your daily to-dos.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
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