Yoga classes provide a boost for the brain

IN today's society we have so much demand on us physically, emotionally and more so mentally.

This continues to grow as we consistently hold onto thoughts that do not serve us and on communicate what is expected of us.

So why do we feel so good and refreshed after a yoga class?

I definitely feel amazing and calm, as do many of my students.

Practicing yoga and meditation can affect your brain in a positive way. You can definitely notice a positive difference after attending a yoga session.

Even scientists and researchers are now studying how yoga affects the brain.

Studies have been undertaken to prove that after one yoga session, the GABA levels in your brain increase.

Anti-depressants also work by boosting these GABA levels.

Yoga seems to be a choice for depression, anxiety and stress, since there are no side effects and many benefits for your mind, body and spirit.

Yoga can improve your cognitive functions and memory by reducing the stress levels in your body.

When you are stressed, your body releases cortisol into the blood stream, which uses up a lot of glucose in the body.

This leads to a fuel deficiency for your brain. Too much cortisol produces high amounts of free radicals which damage your brain cells.

Body movements can enhance, manufacture and balance the flow of energy in your body.

Fast movements produce more endorphins (runner's high), and slower movements stimulate the production of dopamine.

This is all in the front part of your brain.

Stress also causes physiological changes that impact the brain and body.

You end up using your dominant brain side for organizing thought patterns (NLP), instead of using your whole brain power to make better decisions and enhance you performance and co-ordination.

Practicing yoga can help retrain your brain and body connection to release old automatic thought patterns and negative habits.

Yoga is a great way to balance both brain hemispheres at the same time.

Eagle pose is a good example. By moving opposite arms and legs at the same time you stimulate, reactivate the whole brain; basically you're giving your brain a wake-up call.

As you do this, you encourage dopamine (the feel good hormone), while enhancing your ability to see things clearly.

Your mind always tends to feel more at ease after a yoga class.

Your thinking patterns are more positive and clear, your concentration and focus is greatly improved and your problem solving skills are enhanced.