As our body can heal itself of scars and injuries so can our brain. Yes, the brain has the ability to regenerate and form new neural connections throughout life.
A certain behaviour or habit will change the way neurotransmittors function. For example, being under a constant stress, in a state of depression, or going through a substance abuse will impair brain’s ability for cohesive thinking. On the other hand, it has been shown that a yoga practice, meditation and pranayama exercises can restore neurotransmitting functionality and return the brain to a balanced state.
Neuroscientist Sara Lazar’s amazing brain scans show meditation can actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress.
Watch this insightful presentation by Sara Lazar at TEDx.