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Can Yoga improve your mood?

Elise Watts

In recent years, researchers have begun to investigate the impact exercise has on mood, especially in the treatment of depression and anxiety, with Yoga pegged as an effective way to improve your mood.

Research by the Boston University School of Medicine in 2010, found that yoga may be one of the most effective forms of exercise if you are looking to positively impact on mood and decrease anxiety.

The study demonstrated an association between iyengar yoga postures and increased GABA levels, a neurotransmitter found to be low for sufferers of depression and anxiety.

Participants reported significant reduction in anxiety and greater improvements in mood compared to other exercise such as walking, calling for yoga to be considered a potential therapy for certain mental disorders.