Sure, we all know that holistic therapies can help us relax while rejuvenating our minds, but can these techniques measurably reduce stress or improve one's disposition? They can, according to a researcher at the University of York, who recently uncovered the mood-elevating effects of ki energy techniques.
The results, which appeared in the Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy, were unmistakable. Health sciences expert Rosie Robson found that yoga – and physical activity in general – has a distinctly positive effect on how you feel.
In the words of the author, "exercise and yoga significantly increase vigor and reduce depression, tension, confusion, anxiety and anger."
Not bad for a mind-body regimen that you'll find just a short walk or drive away, at your nearest Chicago yoga studio.
Robson based her results on questionnaires delivered to participants before and after a 60-minute yoga intervention. She noted that the holistic system appears to be almost perfectly suited to help adults improve low mood.
This may be one reason why so many physicians encourage their patients to try mind-body therapies (MBTs) like yoga. According to a recent poll, more than 6 million Americans have used MBTs at their doctor's suggestion.