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Yoga Journal USA - June_2016

live well WHAT’S THE

live well WHAT’S THE BUZZ Find Your (Upright) Seat Here’s another reason to thank yoga (and your mother’s nagging) for helping you to sit up straight: Your good posture will put you in a more positive headspace. When you slump, your brain takes almost twice as long—and has to work significantly harder—to access positive memories than when you sit upright, according to a new study published in the journal NeuroRegulation. CUE waterworks THE The next time you feel your productivity and mood slipping at work, try a little babbling-brook therapy: Listening to natural sounds like flowing water significantly improved employees’ productivity and mood compared to sitting in silence, according to a study presented at an Acoustical Society of America meeting. “Complete silence isn’t the best environment in which to concentrate because in nature, a silent environment can signal danger,” says study author Jonas Braasch, PhD, an associate professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. So, the next time you need a reset, take a short walk next to a creek, enjoy your lunch beside a fountain, or if you can’t escape your desk, go to naturesoundsfor.me to create a free, custom-mixed natural-ambience soundtrack. KAREN ASP 50 percent That’s how much range of motion some joints lose as we age. Good thing your flexibility-enhancing yoga practice tops your to-do list. Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons june 2016 yogajournal.com 20 THINK SLIM To reach a healthy weight, tune in to your current feelings and emotions. This “dispositional mindfulness” can reduce your risk of obesity, finds a new Brown University study. More cheers for chocolate Dark chocolate has practically reached health-food status these days, with numerous studies demonstrating its nutritional benefits— including a new one published in the journal Appetite that found you may be able to boost cognitive function by regularly giving in to your craving. Researchers analyzed study participants over a 3o-year period and found that those who consumed chocolate at least once a week performed significantly better on cognitive tests compared to those who never or rarely ate chocolate. They point to cocoa’s flavanols, which boost blood flow to the brain, keeping it healthy. Chocolate’s small amount of caffeine, which improves alertness, likely helps, too. FROM TOP: GREENSTOCK; GOJAK/ISTOCK

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