Wednesday, December 15, 2010

GaGa for Yoga! Have you checked your GABA lately?

I'm so excited to share this amazing news with you all. A new study from Boston University's School of Medicine found that Yoga boosts moods more effectively than walking. Doing an hour of yoga 3 times a week for 12 weeks increased GABA levels by 13%. GABA, is (a neurotransmitter that shows up once in a while that’s linked to a number of various medical and psychiatric disorders) lower in people who are depressed; levels usually rise with the use of medicine.

Remarkably, walkers showed no significant increase in GABA levels. So, if ya wanna put your pills down, pick up your mats and plop right on for some yoga!

"This is the first study to find a behavioral intervention [yoga] that has an effect on brain chemistry similar to that of antidepressants," says study author Chris Steeter, MD

So, hip-hip-hooray for YOGA!

From the soles of my feet, to your inner soul: Namaste & Happy Yoga!

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