The Science Behind Yoga

Uplift brings a new film to us, The Science Behind Yoga, featuring Bruce Lipton Ph.D, Sat Bir Khalsa Ph.D, Dr. Mithu Storoni, and many other experts on the scientific research behind the benefits of Yoga.   

Uplift brings a new film to us, The Science Behind Yoga, featuring Bruce Lipton Ph.D, Sat Bir Khalsa Ph.D, Dr. Mithu Storoni, and many other experts on the scientific research behind the benefits of Yoga. 
 

If you are at all curious about the science behind yoga, I highly recommend reading Azriel ReShel's article summarizing the scientific research informing the film, The Science Behind Yoga.

Modern-day science confirms that the practice of yoga has tangible physical health benefits that include improved brain function and denser bones, as well as immune health, improved nervous system functioning and strength. Over 36 million Americans practice yoga and enjoy the benefits of a stronger body, calm mind, increased happiness and reduced stress.
— Azriel ReShel

The article offers some insight into how:

Yoga increases our capacity for neuroplasticity required for intentional change, and thickens the layers of the cerebral cortex associated with higher learning. Basically, we become more able to learn and adapt by developing our capacity for intentional and sustained concentration.

Yoga reduces stress and creates more balance between the stress and relaxation responses within the body by effectively engaging both the sympathetic nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system through simultaneous concentration and relaxation. In a simplistic sense, we yogis are training ourselves to initiate the relaxation response when we experience stress instead of spinning in fight or flight.

Yoga boosts brain chemicals that promote a sense of wellbeing, reducing anxiety and depression by increasing levels of "happy brain chemicals" like GABA, serotonin, and dopamine, responsible for feelings of relaxation and contentment. It seems that we are self-medicating in the best possible way when we do yoga.

For more information, read the entire article and watch the film: