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Yoga increases neurogenesis

Interesting study came up this week. Following a 3-month yoga retreat, increases were observed in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), reductions in awakening cortisol, and reductions in some (not all - interestingly) inflammatory markers. In plain language, this means the participants: grew more neurons; reduced stress; and improved health and resilience. You might think 'duh'. I think 'great'. We are moving beyond simplistic measurement of the effects of this practice. It's challenging because science demands a reductionist approach to tease out an active component. However, yoga is a system for good reason. It includes the philosophical, the physical, the breath, relaxation, mindfulness and meditation because a complete and complex approach is needed to match the complexity of an individual. Now these...

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