Yoga is great for soothing joint aches, easing tightened muscles, increasing flexibility, reducing heart rate and lowering blood pressure. But these are all physiological effects. Can yoga's ki energy healing do anything for anxiety, depression or other psychological conditions?
According to a study newly published in the journal Medical Hypotheses, it can.
Conducted by researchers in Massachusetts and New York, the investigation examined the effects that yoga has on the brain's levels of GABA (an important neurotransmitter) and on the autonomic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
The team found that, in general, yoga seems to be of benefit to people with mood disorders because it increases the levels of GABA found in brain tissue, as well as balancing the electrical loads placed on the body's nerves and neurons.
Researchers added that these effects indicate that yoga may help reduce the severity of conditions like depression, anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder.
However, the regimen is also perfectly suited for day-to-day healing. So even if you feel healthy and happy, it's never a bad idea to look into a nice Illinois yoga class.