Yoga Found To Help Ease Stress

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Hi fellow Yogis,

I thought you might be interested in this news item on yoga helping stress. It is what we have known for years, but it is great when researchers are able to qualify it.

The following news feature was published on Medical News Today.

Yoga Found To Help Ease Stress Related Medical And Psychological Conditions

An article by researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), New York Medical College (NYMC), and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (CCPS) reviews evidence that yoga may be effective in treating patients with stress-related psychological and medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and cardiac disease. Their theory, which currently appears online in Medical Hypotheses, could be used to develop specific mind-body practices for the prevention and treatment of these conditions in conjunction with standard treatments.

It is hypothesized that stress causes an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system (parasympathetic under-activity and sympathetic over-activity) as well as under-activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter, gamma amino-butyric acid (GABA). Low GABA activity occurs in anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, epilepsy, and chronic pain. According to the researchers, the hypothesis advanced in this paper could explain why vagal verve stimulation (VNS) works to decrease both seizure frequency and the symptoms of depression… to read full article click here.


Boston University Medical Center. “Yoga Found To Help Ease Stress Related Medical And Psychological Conditions.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 8 Mar. 2012. Web.
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