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Does Yoga Make You Happy?

Colette Barry, Contributing Writer
Waking Times

There’s no doubting that fact and most of our efforts are directed towards achieving that state of ultimate happiness, where everything is bright, cheery, and downright wonderful. But while living a lightening-paced busy life, we set up hurdles for our mind which obscure us from relishing the freedom in an unhindered state of happiness. As Rumi said,Your task is not to seek for love but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built.”

You’ll be surprised and pleased to know that there are activities that you can incorporate in your daily routine which will help you achieve your ‘happy goals’. Now all you need is a starting point. I’m going to provide you that starting point that is pertaining to the topic: Yoga. Yes, Yoga makes us happier, and if you need a boost in the right direction, you’ll be glad to know that science is on our side now too. Research and medical studies have shown that Yoga can turn out be a metaphoric shoulder to cry on that will make you feel better andadvance towards a happy life.

The Scientific Fact That Yoga Makes You Happy

Yes, you’ve heard this before, but obviously you’ll need proof before you start investing your time and energy into a yoga regime. A recent study, conducted by researchers from Boston University’s Medical School, revealed that yoga protects our brain from depression attacks. Now, you’re probably wondering how they established this theory. Well, things are going to get a little ‘technical’ now. The study revealed that the levels of the amino acid GABA are higher in those who perform yoga, compared to those who don’t. GABA plays a very important role in determining the state of your mind. If the amount of GABA present in your system is high, you’ll automatically feel happier and relaxed. On the other hand, lower levels of GABA lead to a distressed and disturbed mind by causing conditions like depression and anxiety.

Abraham Lincoln once said, We are as happy as we make up our minds to be.” Yoga is a truly wonderful exercise that leads to emotional development in the form of increased self awareness, and feelings of compassion and interconnection. By doing so it enables you to handle everything that you feel in a more mature manner. So, if you are feeling extremely negative, yoga will help you gather all that negative energy and convert it into something positive and beautiful. This will help you improve your life and tread towards a happier tomorrow in so many ways. Moreover, this battle against negativity will save you from certain physical ailments that are linked with negative emotions, such as anger and frustration. And obviously, it will make you look good too which will automatically make you grin every time you look at yourself in the mirror. Yoga away!

About the Author

Author and Illustrator of  Wall Yoga the Art of Centering, Colette Barry is a licensed massage therapist, certified yoga and Pilates instructor. Through Colette’s lifelong work in rehabilitation with her husband and her father, physicians of Chiropractic, she developed two programs “Wall Yoga” and the “Barry Method”.  Colette’s programs goes far beyond muscle isolation creating a technique that includes using visual cues to connect the mind and body. These programs results in a harmonious muscle and overall body alignment. Claiming, “perfect alignment produces perfect results!”

Join Colette’s online training programs at Udemy, “The Complete Wall Yoga Strength Program”, “Introduction to Wall Yoga”, “The Whole Body Wall Yoga Makeover” and “Barry Method”. These programs are available to anyone who would like to experience a profound new level of healing.  Please visit Colette’s excellent blog at YogaTrends.org.

This article was originally featured at Colette’s excellent blog, YogaTrends.org.

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  1. I have heard others say that doing yoga makes them happier overall. I always wondered about this. I have found that going vegan has made me feel happier and I think that starting yoga may be the next step. I think in our modern world, we are not in tune with ourselves and instead are obsessed with things that are, frankly, not that healthy. I can see why yoga would make a person feel better about themselves and their lives.

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