Studies Show Yoga Meditation Benefits Mental Health

More studies continue to roll in which support the concept that yoga meditation benefits mental health, while at the same time also improving our neurological health. Disorders such as MS (multiple sclerosis), migraine headaches, and psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder seem to benefit from regular practice of yoga and meditation. Author Tara Haelle writing for the Daily Rx presented a recent compilation of controlled trials involving yoga and meditation and how they helped improve these conditions.

Studies Show Yoga Meditation Benefits Mental Health

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A recent review of studies involving yoga and various psychiatric and neurological disorders has found a great deal of evidence that yoga can help reduce the symptoms of several conditions.

In a study led by Hilary B. Meyer, BA, of the Department of Psychiatry at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, researchers conducted a review of the current research literature on the therapeutic benefits of yoga for mental health and neurological conditions.

Meyer and her colleagues included only randomized, controlled trials in their review, except for one observational study involving yoga and bipolar. Only studies that were designed to focus on yoga as an intervention were included in the review.

They found that six of the seven studies they reviewed involving yoga for the treatment of neurological disorders showed positive effects from the yoga.

Read the original article here at dailyrx.com:

Yoga meditation benefits mental health and helps improve and lessen the severity of several chronic neurological conditions, according to these recent studies. Our brains are made up of billions of neurons with trillions of connections between them. Our central nervous systems are extremely plastic, meaning they can remodel their architecture in order to learn and also to heal following an injury such as a stroke. It’s only a small step of logic to consider that practicing yoga and meditation will provide a much more favorable environment for neurons to connect in the best way possible. So why not be kind to your brain and start practicing yoga meditation techniques?

Please leave a comment below. Let us know what you think of this information. Does it give you hope and let you know that you are more in control of your body, mind, and your life than you thought you were?

Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.

                                                                                                            —  B.K.S. Iyengar

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