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The Science of Yoga

Yoga causes the brain to react in a way that sends out chemicals that counteract the fight or flight chemicals we have all throughout our days to the point of chronic stress. It also causes a reduction in inflammation throughout the body which is a healing effect.

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Yoga has a profound effect on the mind and body but this article really lays out the science behind it. Areas the body highly impacted by yoga include the Brain, parasympathetic nervous system, immune system, and whole body anti-inflammatory... more »Yoga has a profound effect on the mind and body but this article really lays out the science behind it. Areas the body highly impacted by yoga include the Brain, parasympathetic nervous system, immune system, and whole body anti-inflammatory actions. Many already know about the great relaxing chemicals released by the body during yoga such as GABA, serotonin, and dopamine but another lesser known activity is the redirection of blood by the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system which lowers blood pressure and helps blood flow to the endocrine and lymphatic systems along with the digestive organs. It also boosts the immune system and lowers inflammation down to the cellular levels. This combined effect is huge and the biggest bonus is that none of these side effects of yoga come with the dangers often associated with medications given to try to obtain even one of these effects. Yoga is powerful, I personally didn't realize the depths of that power until I read this amazing article. 01-18-2015 3:15pm

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I agree with you it does have a profound effect on the mind and body. As I learn more and more benefits about yoga the more I do not understand why doctors do not prescribe this for children or even some adults. This is really a great article.  | Rhonda Charles 08-10-2015 4:16pm

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