The Science of Yoga

There is significant science behind yoga and the benefits to both the mind and the body. We wanted to share with you some of the research that has influenced our teaching and curriculum development.

 

  • Yoga can increase the size of the prefrontal cortex for enhanced executive functioning. (Tang, 2015)
  • Yoga improves balance, coordination, and concentration and activates dopamine, a neurotransmitter related to reward and motivation, to improve focus. (Litchke, 2018; Harrison, 2004)
  • Yoga mindfulness meditation increases the size of the insular cortex for greater emotional regulation and less agitation, anxiety or fear. (Tang, 2015)
  • Positive affirmations promote communication (verbal & non-verbal), self-esteem & empathy. (Litchke, 2018; Harrison, 2004)
  • Yoga breathing fosters calm, coping skills, and resilience. (Ghiya 2012)
  • Yoga can alter autonomic neural activity (De & Mondal, 2021)
  • Yoga enhances vagus nerve tone and improves relaxation. (Brems, 2020)
  • Yoga improves attention and self-esteem in underprivileged girl students. (Sethi, et al, 2013)