- You awakening your ability to feel what’s happening in your body, heart, and mind. Yoga helps you gain mindful control over your body and emotions. Yoga aligns your mind, body, and spirit so you can become the highest version of yourself.
- You are encouraging neuroplasticity and adding new neurons to your brain. Researchers once concluded that after a certain point in adolescence the brain stopped formulating. However, MRI scans confirm that yoga can change the composition of your brain and reduce gray matter. Concentrated amounts of gray matter are associated with depression and anxiety.
- You increase GABA, a brain chemical associated with improved mood and decreased anxiety. Studies at Boston University compared GABA levels before and after an hour of yoga, and showed a 27% increase.
- You expand your perception of yourself. Yoga enlarges your hippocampus, which is an area key to our concept of self.
- You lower your cortisol, which is the chemical released when the body believes there is a threat. Elevated cortisol is associated with blood sugar imbalance, weight gain, and diminished immune system.
Yoga is a practice that can alter your brain in ways that help your physical and emotional self. Consider trying out a few classes and see what happens to you!
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