- In a recent study carried out by Professor of Psychology at University of London, Agnieszka Golec de Zavala, participants participated in two different postures
- While some did Yoga poses, others did power poses (for two minutes) while researchers studied the psychological effects
- Feelings of heightened self-esteem and energy was seen in those who did the Yoga postures
July 21, 2017: Recently, a study was carried out led by Agnieszka Golec de Zavala, professor of psychology at University of London to understand how science can link yoga to happiness. Participants did Yoga poses and power poses for two minutes while the researchers studied their psychological effects.
It was observed that individuals who tried the yoga poses had heightened self-esteem, more energy and over all happiness.
There are different theories as to why this may be true. One of the theory is that the tenth cranial nerve, which is longest nerve in the automatic nervous system responsible for unconcious functions of the body and emotional regulations is somehow linked to Yoga’s psychological effects.
The asanas of Yoga combined with regulated breathing and mind meditation is a healthy lifestyle both mentally and physically. Today, Yoga is popular in most countries of the western societies.
Many studies have established a clear relation between Yoga and the state of happiness. Yoga helps relieve chronic pain. It is also helpful in regulating diabetes, asthma, lymphoma and artery disease. Mental health problems such as depression and disorders can also be successfully managed through Yoga.
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A healthy lifestyle can be achieved if Yoga is incorporated into the daily life of the individual. Yoga helps distract the mind through negativity and chaos. Fatigue can be reduced through Yoga as well.
Yoga is also a great way to heighten self-esteem. There have been few studies by science to demonstrate how a posture has an impact on the psychological state of the individual.
The participants who did Yoga poses felt much higher self-esteem than those individuals who did the power poses. They had more energy and empowered attitude about themselves.
The power poses may come across as a more dominant posture, but it was the Yoga poses that helped brain form an empowered image of the self.
The vagus nerve is important in this whole process. It connects the body to the brain. It is a central organ in the automatic nervous system. It regulates breathing, digestion and heart rate.
– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: Saksham2394