If you’ve ever wondered what’s really happening in your body and brain during asana and meditation, today’s conversation is going to fascinate you.
Our guest is Dr. Daya Grant — a neuroscientist, sports psychologist, and mental performance consultant — who explains the growing research on mindfulness and meditation and how these practices are beneficial to the brain.
We cover a lot of ground in this interview including:
- How yoga and meditation affect the brain, both structurally and functionally
- What happens to the brain during breathing practices like alternate-nostril breathing (which Daya says is one of the most widely studied pranayama exercises)
- How she helps athletes use mindfulness, asana, and yoga philosophy to enhance their performance
- What it was like having a meditation practice growing up impacted her, and how she’s carrying on that tradition with her own son