Some of us ‘dorks don’t need funded studies to prove that yoga’s a cheerbooster, but science might help budge the skeptics! And by skeptics we’re also referring to physicians and doctors who often need that evidence to responsibly do their jobs (we can cut them some slack). So good thing there are teams of researchers like at Boston University School of Medicine where in a recent study they found yoga helps protect the brain from depression. How wonderful!
Via Telegraph UK:
Scientists found that the levels of the amino acid GABA are much higher in those that carry out yoga than those do the equivalent of a similarly strenuous exercise such as walking.
And that GABA stuff is a chemical the body produces to maintain functions of the brain and central nervous system. If GABA levels are high you can find relaxation. If GABA levels are low icky things like depression and anxiety naturally kick in. The study involved two groups of health participants: half walked three hours a week and the other half did yoga the same amount of time over the course of 12 weeks. Guess whose levels of GABA were higher! Yogis!
They didn’t specify style or level of yoga involved, but we’re getting happy just thinking about it.