How Yoga Exercises Its Positive Effect on Depression

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“Yoga appears to improve mood through increased activity of an amino acid neurotransmitter known to influence mood, anxiety, and sleep, a small randomized trial suggests.

Investigators found yoga was associated with improved mood and increased levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD).”

“‘The study suggests that the associated increase in GABA levels after a yoga session are ‘time-limited,’ similar to that of pharmacologic treatments such that completing one session of yoga per week may maintain elevated levels of GABA,’ lead investigator Chris Streeter, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and neurology and at Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts, said in a press release.”

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