HEALTH: Study – Yoga protects from depression – the oldest science for good health in India, now reconfirmed by the West ?!!
FROM THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
BY RICHARD ALLEYNE
Aug. 21: Practising yoga really does relax your mind as well as your body more than other types of exercise, a new study claims.
Researchers have found that three sessions of the exercise a week can help fight off depression as it boosts levels of a chemical in the brain which is essential for a sound and relaxed mind. Scientists found that the levels of the amino acid Gaba are much higher in those that carry out yoga than those do the equivalent of a similarly strenuous exercise such as walking.
Low Gaba levels are associated with depression and other widespread anxiety disorders. Scientists from the Boston University School of Medicine, spent 12 weeks monitoring two groups of healthy individuals, half of whom walked for three hours each week, while the other half spent the same time doing yoga.
Participants brains were scanned before and after the study using magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging to measure GABA levels.
Those who did yoga reported lower levels of anxiety and increases in their mood than the walkers.