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Yoga helps with anxiety

Yoga releases antioxidants as well as changing your brain patterns in a way that helps you relax deepy and reduce anxiety.
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Yoga reduces anxiety - fact

Practicing yoga may elevate brain gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels, according to researchers at Boston University Medical School. GABA contributes to motor control, vision, and many other cortical functions. Anxiety is also regulated by GABA.

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 27% increase in GABA levels in the yoga practitioner group after their session, but no change in the comparison subject group after their reading session. The acquisition of the GABA levels was done using a magnetic resonance spectroscopy technique developed by J. Eric Jensen, PhD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an associate physicist at McLean Hospital.

So if you are feeling anxious, try yoga.

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