Yoga has such powerful health effects that if it could be bottled and sold, it might be the world’s best-selling drug, says P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.D., professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at prestigious Duke University. “Studies have shown that yoga affects perhaps more than 200 different process in our body and brain,” Doraiswamy said. “It affects virtually every tissue and every system in our body”.
In a review, the Duke team presented evidence on the beneficial results of using yoga to treat…
- Schizophrenia (as an accompaniment to drug therapy)
- ADHD and other attention disorders
- Insomnia and sleep issues
The findings showed that the relaxation response yoga produces is equivalent to the best available anti-anxiety drugs. A 2008 study done at the University of Utah offers insight into the way yoga mitigates the body’s reaction to stress and had noted a correlation between poorly regulated stress responses and pain sensitivity.The study quantifies the way yoga enhances your ability to regulate stress, which also improves your pain tolerance. And considering the scientifically proven link between stress and nearly every single negative health condition, we know that anything truly capable of reducing long-term stress has enormous health implications. The same can be said for yoga’s ability to improve sleep.
If you are interested in exploring yoga for anxiety, depression, sleep problems, or simply to improve your general health, there are many DVDs, books, and online resources to guide you. Another good option is to try a beginner’s class at a local yoga studio or community center, where trained instructors can offer more individual attention and guidance.
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