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Yoga For The Brain – New Study

Do you get a lot of depressing thoughts of late? Do you feel uneasy or anxious without any reason in particular? Have you tried all means to overcome these problems and yet find yourself facing the same depressive thoughts and anxiousness again and again? Have you tried yoga? If your answer to the questions is a NO, then yoga for the brain might just be the answer for you.

Researchers from the Boston University have found that yoga for the brain helps improve your mood and can help you shoo away those depressive thoughts for good.

Yoga for the Brain – The Study

The study involved 34 healthy participants. These participants were divided into two groups – Group 1 and Group 2.

Group 1 had 19 participants who received specific instructions to practice yoga regularly for 12 weeks.

Group 2 had 15 participants who walked for an hour everyday, three times a week for a duration of 12 weeks.

At the end of the 12 week period, scientists measured the mood and anxiety in all the 34 participants. The findings pointed that participants who practiced yoga had bigger improvement in their mood when compared to participants who walked.

Researchers also noted that the GABA levels in people who practiced yoga were high when compared to participants who walked. GABA refers to the levels of neurotransmitter in the brain. People with depression and anxiety have low levels of GABA.

Now that you know that yoga can combat depression, is it a good idea to completely stop taking anti-depressant medicines? According to Dr. Chris Streeter from Boston University, yoga can serve as a useful add-on along with your regular medications. But more research needs to be done to prove that yoga for the brain alone can help in curing depression.

One should also remember that all forms of exercise are beneficial to the body and mind. Yoga has also proven to be beneficial in controlling other health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, back pain etc.

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