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Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 5, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH

Yoga Decreases Anxiety & Improves Mood

Yoga practitioners have been shown to have higher levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical in the brain that is associated with improved mood and decreased anxiety.

GABA acts like an endogenous antidepressant neurotransmitter, and it’s often decreased in people with mood and anxiety disorders. That’s why drugs that increase GABA are commonly prescribed to help these conditions.

To naturally increase your GABA levels, try yoga – it showed a greater positive effect on mood and anxiety levels than walking or other forms of exercise!

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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