We now know that moderate to high-intensity exercise cranks endorphins, but if you are looking to change and improve your mood, then yoga may be the ticket to a happier you.
Yoga’s effect on mood and anxiety may be superior to other forms of exercise like walking or running according to Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) research linking yoga postures to increased levels of anti-anxiety neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric (GABA).
Low GABA levels are associated with depression as well as many other anxiety disorders. In a 12 week study of walkers versus yoga goers, the group practising yoga three times a week for one hour exhibited higher GABA levels. Self-reporting participants noted more significant decreases in anxiety and greater improvements in mood that the walkers.
Our classes are now focused on Winter yoga movements and postures, working with the Water Element through the bladder and kidney meridians. This time of year is about working conserving energy and efficiency of movement for a healthy balanced body & mind.
Another reason to see you on the mat!