Yoga Can Blunt Harmful Effects of Stress

Yoga has been studied since the 1970s as a possible treatment for depression and anxiety. How well it works has been hard to say, since until recently, many of the studies evaluating its therapeutic benefits have been small and poorly designed. Now, more rigorous research on yoga suggests that performing this ancient practice may be helpful for both anxiety and depression, reports the April 2009 issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter.

Yoga appears to blunt the harmful effects of heightened stress by influencing the body’s response to stress. This is reflected in slower heart and breathing rates and lower blood pressure, all of which are good for the body. There is also evidence that yoga helps increase heart rate variability, an indicator of the body’s flexibility in responding to stress.

For example, in 2008, researchers presented preliminary results from a study of yoga and pain. Their subjects were 12 yoga practitioners, 14 people with fibromyalgia (a condition many researchers consider a stress-related illness that is characterized by hypersensitivity to pain), and 16 healthy volunteers. When the three groups were subjected to external pain (pressure on a thumbnail), the yoga practitioners had the highest pain tolerance and the lowest pain-related brain activity on a brain scan.

For individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, or pain, yoga may be a relaxing and appealing way to manage symptoms. But although many forms of yoga practice are safe, some are strenuous and may not be appropriate for everyone, notes Dr. Michael Miller, editor in chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter. Older patients and those with mobility problems should check with a doctor before starting a yoga program.”

Article Source:

This post is posted on Friday 14 September 2012.
Currently has 559 notes
Tagged as: fitblr    fitspo    fitspiration    fit    fitness    yoga    strong    muscle    stress    depression    anxiety    harvard    harvard health    health    healthy   
559 notes   -   Show notes
  1. cactus-breath reblogged this from bellemorte47
  2. bellemorte47 reblogged this from muffintop-less
  3. bobdown84 reblogged this from sombrasyfiguras
  4. anexistentiallove reblogged this from muffintop-less
  5. normalmar reblogged this from muffintop-less
  6. magnoliaviolette reblogged this from cherokeetruly
  7. cherokeetruly reblogged this from muffintop-less
  8. anp8vf reblogged this from muffintop-less
  9. beautifully-seductive reblogged this from muffintop-less
  10. strippedsweaterwhisperer reblogged this from alwaysbewoke
  11. f7ash-flood reblogged this from alwaysbewoke
  12. rickemarcanthony reblogged this from alwaysbewoke
  13. alwaysbewoke reblogged this from ruminatingabovetheclouds
  14. perspirationandperseverance reblogged this from muffintop-less
  15. blindedbrunette reblogged this from muffintop-less
  16. fxckthssht reblogged this from muffintop-less
  17. b-i-k-i-n-i-body reblogged this from muffintop-less
  18. want2bereal reblogged this from muffintop-less
  19. fitfashion reblogged this from muffintop-less
  20. kittytedder reblogged this from muffintop-less
  21. summer-inspiration01 reblogged this from muffintop-less
  22. zephyr17 reblogged this from muffintop-less
  23. iwantyoumucho reblogged this from alwaysaroused
  24. doctormeatdoeshousecalls reblogged this from sexy-n-kiut
  25. sexy-n-kiut reblogged this from alwaysaroused
  26. lalaitsvero reblogged this from pink-parade
  27. primalkimbaredancer reblogged this from reneessance-woman