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Determining Hatha Yoga's Stress-Reduction Benefits

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 18, 2015, In : Stress 

Journal of Physiology and Behavior


►We compared adiponectin and leptin data from novice and expert yoga practitioners.
►Leptin plays a proinflammatory role, adiponectin has anti-inflammatory properties. 
►Leptin was 36% higher among novices compared to experts.
►Experts' average adiponectin to leptin ratio was nearly twice that of novices. 
►Intensive yoga practice may benefit health by altering leptin and adiponectin production.


Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K., Christian, L. M.,...

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Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress

Posted by Scott White on Thursday, June 4, 2015, In : Stress 

Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries.

You know that exercise does your body good, but you're too busy and stressed to fit it into your routine. Hold on a second — there's good news when it comes to exercise and stress.

Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. If you're not an athlete or even if you're out of shape, you can still make a little ex...

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How physical exercise protects the brain from stress-induced depression

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, October 26, 2014, In : Stress 

Physical exercise has many beneficial effects on human health, including the protection from stress-induced depression. However, until now the mechanisms that mediate this protective effect have been unknown. A 2014 study demonstrates that exercise training induces changes in skeletal muscle that can purge the blood of a substance that accumulates during stress, and is harmful to the brain. 

The study provides an explanation for the protective biochemical changes induced by physical exercise t...

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Yoga: An evidence-based therapy

Posted by Scott White on Monday, June 2, 2014, In : Stress 

Yoga is used for the treatment of cancer patients to decrease depression, insomnia, pain, and fatigue and increase anxiety control.[1] 

Yoga's ability to improve cognitive functions and reduce stress makes it appealing in the treatment of schizophrenia, because of its association with cognitive deficits and stress related relapse. In one study, at the end of 4 months those patients treated with yoga were better in their social and occupational functions and quality of life.[2]

Overall, studies ...

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Happiness, Exercise and Endorphins

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, May 25, 2014, In : Stress 

Endorphin production is connected to exercise. Endorphins are chemicals that are able to cross through the gaps between neurons in order to pass along a message from one to the next. There are many different kinds, and much remains to be learned about their different purposes and functions.

When endorphins lock into special receptor cells (called opioid receptors), they block the transmission of pain signals and also produce a euphoric feeling -- exactly like opiates.

Endorphins act as both a p...

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Taming the stress response

Posted by Scott White on Thursday, May 15, 2014, In : Stress 

By reducing perceived stress and anxiety, yoga appears to modulate stress response systems. This, in turn, decreases physiological arousal — for example, reducing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and easing respiration. There is also evidence that yoga practices help increase heart rate variability, an indicator of the body's ability to respond to stress more flexibly.

A small but intriguing study further characterizes the effect of yoga on the stress response. In 2008, researchers a...

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