The Science Behind Yoga Motivates Me To Get My Behind To Yoga
Since I surprised myself and started doing hot yoga a short while ago, I’ve often wondered where to find “proof” about yoga’s health benefits. You’d think that just me feeling better, stronger, fitter, etc., would be all the proof I needed but you’d be wrong.
In those dark, sweaty moments when my muscles are quivering and I just want to collapse onto my yoga mat I need something to tell my brain that all this struggle is worth the effort. I don’t think it’s too much to ask for a little scientific proof that all my hard work will payoff. So if there is scientific evidence to justify twisting my body into these painful shapes, I want to hear it.
Thank goodness there are excellent researchers and historians who have delved into the science behind yoga’s many health benefits! For instance, in one study researchers were able to show that yoga helped people with depression more than standard drug therapies. And guess how much time the “depressed” participants spent doing yoga? As little as 12 minutes a day. Wow!
Now when I’m in yoga class and an instructor explains how a certain posture is good for my pituitary gland, or lungs or colon, I can smile inside, stretch a little further, endure the quivering a little longer and breathe a little deeper knowing there’s science behind yoga… and that’s why my behind continues to go to yoga. Namaste!