I thought I would share some interesting research that has come out recently on yoga and how it affects the body. Below is a link to the Scientific American page which will have a place you can read or listen to the 60-second snippet in which the research is discussed.
Note: This article mentions that GABA levels are increased in those who practice yoga regularly. GABA is a neuro-transmitter associated with inhibitory affects in the central nervous system. Low levels of GABA are associated with depression, anxiety, addiction, seizure disorders, and Parkinson’s Disease. While research is still being conducted on the uses and influences of GABA in the body, it has been found unhelpful to use supplements. Yoga is one of the most effective ways of increasing GABA in the body.
With this information, know that as you do yoga, you are calming your central nervous system in lowering levels of cortisol in the body. Enjoy your practice this weekend. I hope to see you soon.
Yoga Pose of the Day: Dhanurasana – Upward Bow Pose
Yogic Concept of the Day: I know research supports my practice of yoga, which is great. But really, I do it for the joy of it!