David summarizes research which suggests that a simple maternity yoga practice reduces stress and improves sleep during pregnancy.
David summarizes research which suggests that activity by the parasympathetic nervous system, specifically the vagal nerve, is involved when we see the beneficial heart rate variability increase that occurs at low breathing rates like the type of breathing rates that would occur in yogic breathing practices.
Researchers suggest that yoga affects brain structure and function. Yoga practitioners had greater hippocampus tissue volume and prefrontal cortex activity.
David summarizes research which suggests that we can use yoga to manage anxiety. Further research is needed to discover what practices were most effective.
David summarizes recent research that suggests that hip range of motion in yoga may exceed the recommended end-range for those who have a recent hip replacement.
David summarizes recent research that suggests that yoga practice can improve immune system function. More years of yoga practice may increase the likelihood of experiencing this benefit.
David summarizes recent research that suggests that yoga practice may reduce chronic, non-specific neck pain for some practitioners, but not others.
David summarizes recent research that suggests that yoga practice can increase equanimity. Frequency of practice and intention affected impacts of practice.
David summarizes recent research that suggests yoga practice can positively impact obesity and markers of metabolic syndrome.
Researchers propose a model which suggests that yoga and other contemplative practices work by using specifically regulated breathing techniques (low respiration rate, long exhalations) which stimulate the vagal nerve, and in that way, positively affect the parasympathetic nervous system.
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