The topic of health typically revolves around a degree of ill-health in and through the body and ways to improve the function of the body. When mental health is discussed it is usually under the area of psychological pathologies or a depleted brain that no longer performs in a normal manner, labelled under dementia. However, the health of your brain impacts every thought, behavior and action. Psychological pathology and dementia are extreme cases that most of us hope to avoid yet the majority of people have brains that are not functioning in their healthiest state. Figures from studies in the US show that at least 5 million Americans have had a traumatic brain injury and 50,000 die every year from injuries related to the same. Even more are walking around without realizing that the brain is compromised and even underwent such trauma.
The brain is the body’s most essential organ and has the highest energy demands relative to its size. All bodily and mental functions are related to its performance. So it is a vast oversight by the health community to not pay more attention to keeping it in a truly healthy state. The organic and ancient practices from yoga and meditation were developed to care for the state of the brain. Hatha yoga specifically pays attention to it through a primary focus on the quality of breath via the two nostrils. In addition, it also understands that the state of the inner organs, especially the digestive organs, have a great impact on brain health.
Air, light, nutrition, intellectual stimulation, exercise, certain supplements, relaxation, mental peace and quiet, direct contact with nature, social interaction, caring and sharing all add up as support for the brain. This has been a careful consideration for the nature of programs and the environment at Samahita Retreat. As technology improves and interest in brain states and function grows we can add tech hacks to this list to protect, nourish and enhance brain health. My academic study and research has helped understand more intensively the body-brain health connection and how yoga and meditation play a part but also how technology can help. This has led to the development of the Brain Health Upgrade program at Samahita.