Monday, May 9, 2011

Let Go of Stress and Be Happy

Even beginners tend to feel less stressed and more relaxed after their first class. While building strength with postures and movements, keeping focus and awareness on the breath actually calms the mind.  The 'mind chatter' will begin to decrease and before you know it, you are calm.

Some biochemical benefits are, for example, a decrease in catecholamines, the hormones produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. Lowering levels of hormone neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine -- creates a feeling of calm.

The same is true with mood. Nearly every yoga student will tell you they feel happier and more contented after class. Recently, researchers have begun exploring the effects of yoga on depression, a benefit that may result from yoga's boosting oxygen levels to the brain. 
Who doesn't want to feel less stress or more calm and happier?  Even in a power yoga class while you will benefit from the deep breathing used in classes.

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