Meditate Through the Semester

New Year, new semester — meaning new ways of studying and staying focused. We all begin our semester with positive thinking and great habits, which can soon crumble if not practiced regularly and with a goal.

Practicing yoga, meditation, or both, can help students with studying. Instead of procrastinating to the always recycled “tomorrow,” these techniques can help you maintain your mindset of completing goals.

In an interview with Kristine Lee, a yoga instructor and author of “Sit N Fit Chair Yoga,” the effects of yoga and meditation to the mind and body became apparent: They have a positive correlation with concentration and relaxing, which can help students study for tests and stay on track with everyday tasks.

Lee says that although both yoga and meditation help reduce stress and calm the mind, yoga is centered around the sensations of the body, while meditation allows you to focus on streams of thought and breathing.

Studies have also shown that meditation can positively affect our lives. For students, in particular, a type of meditation called Mindfulness Meditation aims at improving memory. It has been found to increase the size and capacity of the cortex, the part of the brain involved in thinking, and aims to reduce stress and muscle tension so that the brain can improve its working memory functions.  

Although many college students are constantly balancing tight schedules and adding yoga or meditation could be thought of as an additional distraction, Lee suggests otherwise.

She says that any amount in a week or day can make a difference, but choosing the time of day that works best for you is key. “First thing in the morning will begin your day on a positive note. Last thing in the evening will help you let go of the day’s activities and calm the mind for restful sleep,” explains Lee.

In the long-run, practicing yoga and meditation can help maintain focus by shaving off unnecessary habits like procrastination and laziness.