Friday, December 10, 2010

Yoga: Nothing to Lose But Aches, Blues and Unwanted Weight

Mounting evidence supports yoga’s mind-body healing powers

If you’re not one of the millions of North Americans who have discovered that the corpse pose actually restores life and the sun salutation makes you cheery on a dark and stormy day, roll out a mat and give yoga a try.

Mounting evidence supports yoga’s mind-body healing powers. For instance, if you’ve been in a perpetual slump, this new finding should cheer you up: After taking a yoga class, you’ll have more GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in your brain. Just think of it as more of nature’s own anti-anxiety agent: a chemical that improves mood and decreases anxiety.

If you have painful fibromyalgia, a once-a-week yoga class can help you, too. Researchers have watched its gentle stretching and meditation help relieve fibro’s pain, fatigue and depression and also improve memory, anxiety, balance and stiffness. (MORE)

Source: The Province

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