Neurofeedback & Yoga

Neurofeedback and yoga can complement each other in promoting overall wellbeing and mental resilience. Let’s explore each of them individually and then discuss how they can work together.

1. Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback, also known as EEG (electroencephalogram) biofeedback, is a therapeutic technique that aims to improve brain function by providing real-time feedback on brainwave activity. During a neurofeedback session, electrodes are placed on the scalp to monitor brainwave patterns, and this information is fed back to the individual in the form of visual or auditory cues.

The goal of neurofeedback is to help individuals learn how to self-regulate their brainwave activity. By becoming aware of your brain’s functioning and receiving feedback on certain desired brainwave patterns, you can work on improving your cognitive, emotional, and behavioural functions. Neurofeedback has been used to address various conditions such as attention disorders, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more.

2. Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India and encompasses physical postures (asanas), breath control (pranayama), meditation, and philosophical principles. It is known to promote physical strength, flexibility, and balance, as well as mental clarity, relaxation, and stress reduction.

The combination of physical movements, breathwork, and mindfulness in yoga contributes to overall physical and mental well-being. Through regular practice, individuals often experience reduced stress, increased self-awareness, and improved emotional regulation.

Combining Neurofeedback and Yoga

The integration of neurofeedback and yoga offers a holistic approach to enhancing mental and emotional health. Dr Nitasha Buldeo studies the effects of Yoga on the brain using EEG. By understating how Yoga flows including pranayama (breathwork) & guided meditation changes brainwaves, she is able to develop Yoga programs that are truly transformative.

Yoga classes that combine neurofeedback with yoga enable you to achieve a deeper level of self-awareness and self-regulation.

Benefits to combing Yoga & Neurofeedback

1. Heightened Self-Awareness

Both neurofeedback and yoga emphasize self-awareness. Neurofeedback provides real-time data on brainwave activity, helping individuals become more aware of their mental states. Similarly, yoga encourages self-reflection and mindfulness, fostering greater awareness of physical sensations, thoughts, and emotions.

2. Improved Self-Regulation

Neurofeedback assists in teaching individuals to regulate their brainwave patterns, which can have a positive impact on emotional states and cognitive function. Yoga, with its focus on breath control and meditation, also promotes self-regulation and relaxation.

3. Stress Reduction

Yoga is well-known for its stress-reducing benefits, and combining it with neurofeedback could potentially amplify this effect. Reduced stress levels can positively influence brain function and contribute to better neurofeedback outcomes.

4. Synergy in Emotional Wellbeing

Both practices can contribute to emotional wellbeing. Neurofeedback may address specific emotional dysregulations, while yoga fosters emotional balance through mindfulness and mind-body connection.

It’s essential to note that while both neurofeedback and yoga have shown promise in promoting mental health, they may not be suitable for everyone or as standalone treatments for severe conditions.

Individuals interested in exploring these practices should seek guidance from qualified professionals experienced in neurofeedback and yoga therapy. Combining these practices should be done under the supervision and approval of trained practitioners to ensure safety and efficacy.

IYogaa offers Yoga classes for all levels and needs.

Our practice is based on classical Yoga fused with modern neuroscience.

All our classes and programmes are structured and progressive – to help you deepen your Yoga journey. 

We also offer our IYogaa Foundation Programme – a 12-week program that gives you complete grounding in Yoga while improving both physical and mental wellbeing.

It is ideal for anybody who wants to function at their best.

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