brain wave changes and Tai Chi & qigong
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Tai Chi/ Yoga Effects on Anxiety, Heartrate, EEG and Math Computations
The increased relaxation may have contributed to the increased speed and accuracy noted on math computations following the tai chi/yoga class.
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The frequency change in alpha waves and the appearance of theta waves during qigong and meditation
BRAIN WAVE CHANGES DURING TAI CHI / MEDITATION - Also see "Alpha Wave Increases"
Tai Chi and Moving Qigong are often referred to as "moving meditation."
A Wall Street Journal article on Neuroplasticity explained how in meditator's brains actual physical changes result from regular meditation.
Among those are a heightened activity in both the "compassion" center of the brain, and the "action" center of the brain. Meditation seemed to spur the meditator to be more concerned with other's suffering, and to be moved to act on that concern.
Scroll down to read more about brain wave effects from meditation . . .
ALPHA WAVES - BRAIN WAVES:
Neuroscientists recently made a correlation between an increase of alpha brain waves—either through electrical stimulation or mindfulness and meditation—and the ability to reduce depressive symptoms and increase creative thinking.
-- Psychology Today, April 2015
Yoga has been noted to increase frontal EEG alpha wave activity, suggesting increased relaxation. 1 Similar results have been reported for tai chi ...
The trend for theta activity to increase and the decrease in self-reported anxiety highlight the relaxation effects of tai chi and yoga. Others have reported decreased anxiety following yoga and tai chi and decreased stress following yoga and tai chi. These measures provide convergent validity for the relaxation effects of tai chi and yoga. Enhanced performance on math computations, both speed and accuracy, may relate to this relaxation response.
-- National Institutes of Health, June 2010
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