• How Yoga May Help You Stress Less

    Yoga is a mind-body exercise that blends strengthening, stretching, deep breathing, and meditation. Research suggests it not only helps people stay fit. It may also help calm the mind, relax the body, and lessen stress.

    But how does yoga do this? Researchers are still exploring the mechanisms.  Some studies have found that it may:

    • Fire up the part of the central nervous system that keeps us calm
    • Dial down the production of stress hormones
    • Boosts the production of feel-good hormones
    • Increase the size of brain structures responsible for lowering anxiety

    Other studies have found that yoga increases the amount of gray matter in areas of the brain used for thinking and memory.

    That’s a long list of fitness and stress-easing benefits from one mind body practice. If you’ve never tried yoga before, talk to your doctor first to make sure it’s safe for you. And do your research. There are many different types of yoga, so explore which one will be right for you.