People have been proclaiming the many benefits of yoga for centuries.Greater flexibility and strength, improved energy levels and sleep and a calmer more contented mind are just some of the praises for this ancient discipline.Recently, there was a scientific study that has further validated yoga as a worthwhile undertaking.
This study was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.19 individuals were assigned to either an hour yoga session of postures and conscious breathing or a 1 hour reading session.
The level of GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) was tested before and after the session.All subjects were then assessed for brain levels of GABA both before and after the session. GABA is a brain chemical that has a generally calming, anti-anxiety effect within the brain.
Individuals who completed the yoga session had a 27 percent increase in GABA levels on average.However, those who read saw no change in the levels of this brain chemical.
This brilliant study explains some of the wellbeing benefits that are enjoyed and exclaimed by those who regularly practice yoga.