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reduce cortisol

levels in 60 minutes

USEFUL SCIENCE

how yoga is

a game-changer for your

mind and body

Stressed? Ever dealt with what Buddhists call the ‘’monkey mind” — AKA that not-so-rad constant stream of thoughts or generally unfocused thinking? Gucci. Well, you’re def not alone and while there are many ways to combat this, going to a yoga class is one proven way to get back on track and get back to a more zen, neutral state. 

 

How yoga scientifically chills you out:

 

  1. Yoga improves mood and emotional regulation — both of which result in the reduction of cortisol: the stress hormone.

  2. Yoga decreases inflammation. 

  3. Yoga reduces your heart rate and blood pressure.

 

The Mind-Body Connection is ~Real~

The cool thing about all of this is it shows that the mind-body connection is ~real~ and that when your body calms down, so does your mind.

 

In addition to the benefits listed above, most yoga classes include a component of meditation — which alone positively changes the structure of your brain, improving memory and learning.

 

In fact, Jonathan Greenberg, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School found that “after eight weeks of meditation training, research found that the hippocampus, which is involved in learning and memory, developed more gray matter density.”

Make me Chill, But Concentrated

Finally, practicing yoga regularly can make you chilled, but concentrated — which is what we all want, right?

 

Amy Wheeler, PhD, who serves on the board of directors for the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is a professor at California State University in San Bernardino shared that “what yoga can teach you is to use your SNS [sympathetic nervous system] when you need it for clarity, alertness and focus without going into the fight or flight response.”

 

“The ultimate goal of yoga is to be calm and alert.”

Key Concepts

Mindfulness, Mind + Body Relationship