Yoga really does work to calm & soothe (fact)

Ask anyone why they practice yoga or why they may be considering starting and you will get an array of responses from - "I was told it was good for me", "keeping my sanity", "staying fit"... the list goes on.


One thing that is definite is that the practice of yoga increases brain GABA levels. (GABA = gamma-aminobutyric acid - our calming transmitter).


In a 2007 study published by the Division of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine ... (read more)


These kind of studies are wonderful especially as claims for most things need to be supported with evidence, plus, as a long-term practitioner and teacher, it's really good to know of the wonderful findings that these studies produce.


With benefits such as:


  • reduced back pain
  • improved menopausal symptoms
  • reduced depression, anxiety & fatigue
  • changes in memory in older adults
  • reduced medication usage


The question is: Why is yoga not being used more widely in the medical profession? Why not prescribe yoga rather than resorting to writing a prescription and sending someone on their way? Yoga can help improve the quality of life of the whole person rather than treating just the symptom.


Some of the reasons why this isn't happening is that regulation of yoga is somewhat mixed - like, who is really an authority on yoga? Plus, there's inconsistencies in the training that is offered and there's little or no necessity for ongoing CPD once qualified. All of which is a conversation for another day. Today I'm simply satisfied to know that what I have dedicated more than 25 years of my life to is solid and ethical.


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Article originally appeared on Esprit Yoga Blog

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