Drink coffee, practice yoga, be superhuman

A few posts ago we highlighted the latest set of research about coffee’s potential benefits. Then, in the comments, we added that a new study out of Illinois had suggested that 20 minutes of asana practice seem to produce brain benefits.

That study — link here, if you missed it — got a ton of coverage over the past few days. As just an example, here’s the New York Daily News (but the New York Times and dozens more media outlets grabbed onto it in one form or another):

“It appears that following yoga practice, the participants were better able to focus their mental resources, process information quickly, more accurately and also learn, hold and update pieces of information more effectively than after performing an aerobic exercise bout,” Gothe said. [Our note: Goethe is the study’s lead.]

“The breathing and meditative exercises aim at calming the mind and body and keeping distracting thoughts away while you focus on your body, posture or breath,” she said. “Maybe these processes translate beyond yoga practice when you try to perform mental tasks or day-to-day activities.”

It struck me over the weekend, maybe over a cup of coffee after Sunday’s asana practice, that these studies combined seem to argue for just what we do in the Confluence household: drink coffee, practice yoga. If the studies are to be believed, we will be healthier, live longer, have better mental focus, be calmer, have lower blood pressure: sort of be superhuman, if you will.

A solid, if superficial, reason to get up Monday morning, have a cup of coffee and then practice.

Posted by Steve