A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. A nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.
People who suffer from anxiety and or depression have been found to have low levels of GABA. GABA, short for Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, is an amino acid that is a naturally occurring chemical or neurotransmitter in the brain that sends signals from your nerve cells to a specific target cell. The main role of GABA is to have a calming effect on you and your nervous system. Not only are low levels of GABA associated with anxiety and depression but also insomnia, other mood disorders, excessive stress, hypertension, digestive problems and more. Studies are now showing that the practice of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation have been associated with increased brain GABA levels.[x] This is a huge scientific finding for patients with anxiety and depression.
The physiological state induced by these wellness practices can produce an immediate positive change in insulin secretion. Insulin is known for triggering the production of serotonin, the feel good neurotransmitter.
By holding challenging poses and breathing through them, yoga illustrates how to deal with psychological stresses, on and off the mat. Yoga, mindfulness, and meditation can teach you to confront challenges instead of fighting them or ignoring them entirely and can teach you invaluable tools for learning to cope.
How Yoga, Mindfulness & Meditation Can Help
- Decreases stress level, tension, fatigue, anger & hostility
- Increased sense of well-being
- Improves symptoms of headaches, back pain and insomnia
- Boosts mental health
- Promotes a feeling of calm
- Promotes self-study, helping you find clarity in your life, relationships, work and setting aside time for yourself to heal and relax
- Reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure and eases respiration
- Regulates pain response
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