Scientific evidence!

The following small article was in the Times on Saturday, helping to explain why we feel so good after practice.

THAT walking-on-air feeling you get after an hour’s yoga is not just placebo – the postures give your brain a big blast of a calming neurotransmitter, says an MRI-scanning study.

Boston University scientists scanned 19 volunteers’ brains before and after they spent an hour doing yoga. The people who spent 60 minutes in warrior and downward-dog poses had a 27 per cent boost in their levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid. This is thought to induce relaxation and calm emotions. The study, in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, says that yoga may effectively treat depression and anxiety.


One Response to “Scientific evidence!”

  1. Ursula Says:

    The mind is so busy to remember all the poses so that there is no room for other problems. I mean yoga is enoug problem, isn’t it. 🙂

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