Yoga helps with concentration
Distractions are a part of our daily life, and they impact our ability to concentrate on anything for long (smartphones are heavily to blame). We struggle with the “monkey mind”, as there is so much to deal with every day, and we end up getting distracted and not focusing on what we’re doing. Does that sound familiar? Yoga might be the solution for you, and it’s supported by science. The University of Waterloo found that “yoga can shift attention, allowing you to better focus on purposeful tasks. After just ten minutes of meditation via yoga, stress levels were reduced, and focus was drastically increased in anxious individuals”.
How does it work? As previously established, the practice of yoga requires physical concentration as you learn to bring your focus to your breath and move through a sequence of poses. Bringing awareness to your body and breath leads to an increase in your concentration as well as in your day-to-day activities. Additionally, it leads to a focus on the present moment and letting go of thoughts about the past and future.
Concentrating solely on the present will change your life. Indeed, thoughts can be like parasites in your mind, and you’ll realise that being able to channel them will drastically improve your ability to focus. When your mind is calmer, it’s easier to direct your thoughts to where you want them to go and therefore be more focused and efficient at work and in your daily life.