Feeling Blue? Try a downward-facing-dog pose. A new study from Boston University School of Medicine found that yoga boosted mood more effectively than walking. Doing an hour of yoga three times a week for 12 weeks increased GABA levels by 13 percent as measured in the study’s healthy participants right after a session. GABA, a neurotransmitters in the brain, is lower in people who are depressed; levels rise with the use of meds. The walkers showed nor significant increase in GABA levels. “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 Streeter, M.D.
So now you know, one more scientific study proves that yoga is good for you.
Happy downward-dog everyone.
Shalom & Namaste,