Yoga may help you be a happier person
Yoga is an age old practice that helps bring balance to the body, mind and spirit. But can it make you happier? Who would think twisting up like a pretzel with your eyes closed could promote sunshiny days and enlighten bliss? But maybe it can.
The science of it all is that yoga could make you happier. The Vagus nerve helps send messages between the central nervous system, major organs and the hormone Oxytocin. Oxcytocin helps relax and reduce blood pressure and cortisol levels. This hormone is our built in anti-anxiety mechanism. This hormone is also responsible for stimulating many positive social interactions. It is known as the cuddle hormone. When yoga is practiced by using deep breathing and mind consciousness, this hormone is released. Deep breathing warms the body, and warmth is one of the key elements that release Oxytocin. Not only does warmth stimulates the release of the hormone, light and sound also plays a role. So, try a yoga class that uses soothing music and warm lighting.