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.

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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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