Posted by: carolg1849 | February 18, 2009

Yoga benefits the heart and relieves stress

yoga-imageYoga benefits the heart and relieves stress

By Alexandra Mathieu

Published: Wednesday, February 18, 2009  in THE DAILY BRUIN

Though yoga is not fully integrated into Western medicine, David Shapiro, UCLA researcher at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, said yoga is a valuable form of naturo-therapy, a natural approach to health and wellness

“There is a need to evaluate and develop yoga’s potential … to regulate emotional response and enhance cooperation with stress,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro’s research delves into the relationship between mood changes and depression in yoga participants. He said yoga encourages people to come together and interact, allowing the heart to find physical and emotional happiness while they engage in yoga activities.

“People feel good after taking yoga classes. They feel more energetic, more positive,” he said.

Shapiro’s ongoing study has shown how yoga can have direct health benefits, as indicated by blood pressure and heart rate measures, he said.

These findings point to yoga as a potential gateway to maintaining a healthier heart as well as promoting balance through physical activity and spiritual stimulation, he added.

In addition, yoga can help to directly alleviate some of the overwhelming stressors many students face in a university setting, Shapiro said.

Aimee Williams, a first-year public health student, explained how being in one of UCLA’s yoga classes aided her in recovering from an eating disorder manifested by excessive workouts.

via The Daily Bruin – Yoga benefits the heart and relieves stress.

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