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Yoga for Anxiety Relief

By December 13, 2010

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Taking up yoga may boost your mood and ease your anxiety, a new study from The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine shows. In tests on 34 healthy adults, researchers found that those who practiced yoga for 12 weeks had greater improvements in mood and anxiety than those who took part in a walking program for the same time period.

According to study findings, yoga-practicing participants also experienced greater increases in gamma-aminobutyric acid (or GABA, a brain chemical known to regulate nerve activity). In previous research, increased GABA levels have been linked to a lower likelihood of mood and anxiety disorders. The study's authors suggest that yoga may stimulate certain brain regions and--in turn--promote the release of GABA.

A number of other studies have focused on yoga and anxiety; in a 2009 report published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, for instance, researchers found that attending a twice-weekly 90-minute yoga class for two months led to a significant decrease in anxiety among 34 with symptoms of anxiety and depression.

December 14, 2010 at 1:10 am
(1) Sean says:

I agree with you about your opinion on yoga. It will certainly helpful for anxiety. It will also useful in stress relief and hypertension.

December 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm
(2) Amy says:

Anxiety is a state of worrying or fear where the reason is usually unknown. Severe anxiety can many a times lead to conditions like nausea, difficulty in breathing, fatigue, and even head and chest pains.
Yoga will help you to develop a stronger state of mind, thus overcoming your fears and preventing the dangers of anxiety. Meditation will help you to gain a stronger concentration and focus of the mind that can eventually lead you away from your fears.

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August 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm
(3) Steve Leatherwood says:

Yoga and Tai Chi are both great considerations for individuals who suffer from panic and anxiety. While these will not ‘cure’ the condition, either can certainly help to calm the swirling thoughts of panic and fear that are often encountered. Great suggestion.

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