Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Yoga and the brain

Life nowadays is fast and stressful. We work a lot, do multi-tasking almost all day and carry a lot of responsibility. Our cell phones make us available 24 hours a day seven days a week. And of course our private lives are filled with activity as well: exercising, attending various cultural activities, and when we are on holiday, we want to see as much as possible. One thing that becomes increasingly difficult is: relaxing. Ever tried out yoga?

Alice G. Walton says she really fell for it and wrote an article on yoga and the effects it has on the brain on the Forbes Magazine. She outlines that yoga reduces the stress hormone cortisol and thus dampens the body’s stress reactions and at the same time raises the levels of the “feel-good” substances GABA, serotonin and dopamine. The parasympathetic nervous system is activated, we calm down, and our body has the opportunity to extract nutrients from the food we eat and get rid of toxins. Additionally, yoga boosts the immune system and helps prevent inflammation, a major source of health problems.

Thus, yoga seems to be very beneficial for a stressed Westerner’s health. There are many books and DVDs on the topic. For beginners, it makes sense to enroll in a yoga class because then there is an instructor who can correct the postures – something that is very important. Find out what effects yoga has on your brain!

1 comment:

  1. Most westerners usually wince when they the subject of yoga is brought up. All they see is complicated poses done by yoga practitioners. But there is easy yoga and the advanced level, so everyone who is interested can pick it up. Both easy and advanced yoga are formed thousands of years ago in India to assist practitioners achieve balance and harmony in their life. With a balanced and harmonious body, it is easy to be one with the universe.

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