Yoga Provides Treatments for Depression, Anxiety and EpilepsyJune 19, 2007 6:21 pm Science of Yoga
That’s right, fight depression, anxiety and epilepsy simply by doin yoga!Â As if we didn’t know this already
Gotta give a shout out to the Yoga Journal Buzz blog, for this post.
You can get the news release here.Â Boston University and McLean hospital have been doin some research on the effects of yoga.
“Using magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging, the researchers compared the GABA levels of eight subjects prior to and after one hour of yoga, with 11 subjects who did no yoga but instead read for one hour. The researchers found a twenty-seven percent increase in GABA levels in the yoga practitioner group after their session, but no change in the comparison subject group after their reading session….Our findings clearly demonstrate that in experienced yoga practitioners, brain GABA levels increase after a session of yoga,” said lead author Chris Streeter, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry and neurology at BUSM and a research associate at McLean Hospital.”Â
The press release also comments that mental health effects a large number of our current population.Â (Perhaps the Carter Center will someday have a Mental Health yoga program!
So while these insights are like no brainers to many yogis, the science applied is what is actually important.
If anyone from the study happens upon this I have the following suggestion to add to the study.Â Take another sample of folks that have been doing yoga for sometime, have them simply read about yoga and see what the effects are.Â One’s mind creates their reality, if one reads about yoga and goes through yoga processes in the mind, I suspect similar results could be achieved.Â And now we are gettin into the realm of continual meditation.
Gotta love Yoga