How Does Yoga Help with Anxiety | New Year 30 Day Yoga Challenge | Day 9

by Melissa West on January 9, 2018

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How to relax with yoga


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A 2017 publication in the Wright State University Core Scholar found that yoga intervention trials including physical postures, meditation and breathing exercises resulted in statistically significant decreases in stress scores and biomarkers. The research also showed lower anxiety relapse in yoga group compared to yoga groups with medication.

So the research has been showing for many years that yoga reduces anxiety. But, just how does it do it.
Today we will focus on one way.

A 2017 study in the Journal of Yoga Philosophy, Psychology and Parapsychology found that nadi shodhana or alternate nostril breathing was an effective way of lowering anxiety for their pilot group.

How did this work exactly?

The authors of the study suggested that the breath itself stimulated mechanical receptors in the nasal passage that activate and signal the hypothalamus, the highest center for autonomic regulation. (heart rate, respiratory rate, digestion etc.) They cite a previous study which suggest that yogic breathing balances the autonomic nervous system. They state that overall there is parasympathetic dominance (that is rest and digest) after the practice of alternate nostril breathing.

Let´s try it together.

If you made it all the way to the end of the video leave the words ¨breathing helps with anxiety¨ in the comments. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow when we will be talking about how to do yoga breathing – even more breathing!
Namaste, Melissa

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