Yoga is an ancient practice that was used to balance the spiritual, physical, and mental health. There are many different types of yoga, but the most commonly used now is asana which is the physical practice.

Yoga reduces stress and anxiety, and improves your balance, flexibility, and strength. Moreover,  other physical benefits of yoga include:

  • Increased muscle strength and tone.
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality.
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism.
  • Weight reduction.
  • Cardio and circulatory health.
  • Improved athletic performance.
  • Protection from injury.

Yoga helps to produce the following natural chemical in the body:

  • Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)  
  • Serotonin

Main Chemicals, Compounds, Components

Gamma-aminobutyric acid(GABA) is created from glutamate in brains cells. It’s a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system and it prevents some nerve impulses. Without it too many nerve cells would be released. Low amounts are linked to anxiety disorders and addiction.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain but is mostly found in the digestive tract. Low amounts can lead to depression, anxiety, panic attacks, excessive anger, and OCD.

Chemistry’s Role

GABA- Calms nervous activity and boosts your mood. Research shows that after one hour of yoga, GABA levels increased by 27 percent after one hour and after regular practice it helps you overcome anxiety and stressful situations.

Serotonin- In the brain it increases mood and causes happiness. After 30 minutes of yoga it starts to increases by 40 percent in the brain and your mood will change significantly.

To Sum Up

In the end, yoga is the natural way to heal and doing yoga produces chemicals in the body that helps one to be happier, alert and health.

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