The Benefits of Yoga

Currently serving as communications director at Intercontinental Publishers, Ltd., Ayanna Yonemura has devoted much of her career to educating students on immigration, urban planning, and African-American and Asian-American studies. In her spare time, Ayanna Yonemura enjoys jogging, tennis, reading, and yoga. Yoga, in particular, offers a wide range of benefits to practitioners.

Positive Outlook – Research shows that one hour of yoga helps boost the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, which relieves anxiety and improves mood. Higher levels of GABA trigger feelings of happiness while lower levels can signal depression.

Reduced Stress Levels – Beyond its physical benefits, yoga helps reduce stress. Stress can manifest as chronic back or neck pain or as a sleeping disorder. Yoga helps individuals develop coping mechanisms for stress, and that helps alleviate these physical symptoms.

Mind/Body Connection – One of the greatest benefits of yoga is the connection between the mind and the body. Yoga exercises help individuals strengthen muscles in their bodies and open up their minds and spirits to meditation.

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