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29. What yoga does to your body and brain
Krishna Sudhir
<5:36>   June 2020

 

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≪Questions:What yoga does to your body and brain≫

  1. Patañjali, a Hindu sage, recorded meditative techniques in 196 manuals. What are they called?

 

 

  1. What does the “yoking” mean in yoga practice?  

 

 

  1. What are the three core elements of Patañjali’s yoga practice?

  (1)                                               

  (2)                                              

  (3)                                              

 

  1. It is widely believed that doing exercise which has both physical and mental features have some health advantages. List two of the advantages.

  (1)                                             

  (2)                                             

 

 

  1. Regardless of the number of studies that have been done, it is difficult to identify yoga’s advantages. Why? List two reasons. 

(1)                                                  

                                                      

 (2)                                               

                                                     




  1. What are the short-term advantages and the long-term advantages you may obtain by twisting your body into yoga postures?

    Short-term:                             

                                                      

    Long-term:                                

                                                     

  

 

  1. Many hard-to-treat conditions will be improved by adding yoga to the existing exercise routine. Which condition was not mentioned as a hard-to-treat condition in the speech?

 (a) chronic lower back pain
 (b) chronic shoulder pain
 (c) osteoporosis
 (d) rheumatoid arthritis

 
 

  1. Which of the following statements is not true about yoga exercise?

 (a) It improves the function of our lungs.
 (b) It increases the oxygen level in our blood.
 (c) It improves chronic neck pain
 (d) It reduces the risk of getting cardiovascular diseases.

 

 

  1.   Yoga’s most widely appreciated benefit is difficult to prove because

 (a) it is related to our mental health.
 (b) we do not have enough samples.
 (c) we can only study it in India.
 (d) yoga is still evolving.




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≪Answers:What yoga does to your body and brain≫

1. Patañjali, a Hindu sage, recorded meditative techniques in 196 manuals. What are they called?
Yoga Sutras

 

 

2. What does the “yoking” mean in yoga practice?  
restraining of the mind from focusing on external objects to reach a state of pure consciousness

 

 

  1. What are the three core elements of Patañjali’s yoga practice?

  (1)      physical postures              

  (2)    breathing exercises           

  (3)    spiritual contemplation   

 

  1. It is widely believed that doing exercise which has both physical and mental features have some health advantages. List two of the advantages.

  (1)  improving strength and

          flexibility                       

  (2)  boosting heart and lung    

          function                         

  (another possible answer)
enhancing psychological well-being

 

  1. Regardless of the number of studies that have been done, it is difficult to identify yoga’s advantages. Why? List two reasons. 

(1)    It is difficult to identify which component (practice) is producing a specific health benefit.             

 (2)  Yoga studies are often done in small groups. (The sample sizes are often too small.)              

  (another possible answer) It relies heavily on self-reporting, making results subjective.




  1. What are the short-term advantages and the long-term advantages you may obtain by twisting your body into yoga postures?

    Short-term:    It can change the water  content of muscles, ligaments,and tendons to make them more elastic.    

    Long-term:    It stimulates stem cells which then differentiate into new muscle tissue and other cells that generate elastic collagen.       

(another possible answer) It reduces the body’s natural reflex to constrict muscles, which improves our pain tolerance.  

 

  1. Many hard-to-treat conditions will be improved by adding yoga to the existing exercise routine. Which condition was not mentioned as a hard-to-treat condition in the speech?

 (a) chronic lower back pain
 (b) chronic shoulder pain
 (c) osteoporosis
 (d) rheumatoid arthritis

 

8. Which of the following statements is not true about yoga exercise?

 (a) It improves the function of our lungs.
 (b) It increases the oxygen level in our blood.
 (c) It improves chronic neck pain
 (d) It reduces the risk of getting cardiovascular diseases.

 

 

  1.   Yoga’s most widely appreciated benefit is difficult to prove because

 (a) it is related to our mental health.
 (b) we do not have enough samples.
 (c) we can only study it in India.
 (d) yoga is still evolving.

 

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