YOGA boosts your brain power!
“That walking-on-air feeling you get after an hour’s yoga is not just a placebo – the postures give your brain a big blast of a calming neuro-transmitter, says an MRI scanning study. Boston USA University scientists scanned 19 volunteers after they had been doing an hour’s yoga, including triangle postures and downward dog postures. They had a 27% boost in their levels of gamma-amino-butyric acid. This induces relaxation and calms the emotions and brings a feeling of well being.” The Times, June 2007
I love yoga. The archived news clip above proves how powerful it can be, in a positive way. So I was dismayed to read an article a few weeks ago, called ‘How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body’, in the New York Times. This article’s content was drawn from a book published earlier this year, called ‘The Science of Yoga, The Risks and Rewards’ by William J Broad. William J Broad is a senior science writer for The Times. His claims created a debate in the media, (and I’d guess that the publicity will have done no harm to the promotion of his book).
The yoga I do seems to bear no relation to the yoga William Broad is talking about. In a one and a half hour class of over 50 people, we do loads of deep calming breathing, and do most of the postures with our eyes closed. With the postures, we are tutored not to worry about extent, we concentrate on direction. That way it’s very hard to pull muscles, or wreck joints, or worse. I come back from my yoga class feeling I’ve had a holistic workout, full of inspiration for my current plot, ahem…until I get side-tracked by the internet, of course 🙂
If you’re a writer and a yoga fan, I’d love to hear if you think it helps you with your writing.