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Hannah MIller

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What is happening in your body when you are doing yoga that makes you feel better when your done?

I just did yoga, and I felt more energized, and I could think straighter when I was finished.
Is there a chemical in your body that yoga increases to make you feel this way... Why does it happen?
Just curious.

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    Jan 30 2014: Yoga, as known popularly in the West is an exercise technique for better health and stress reduction. But it is way more than that. It is actually a philosophy of life having three branches (karma Yoga for action, Bhakti Yoga for devotion and Jnana Yoga for Knowledge).

    You are feeling better and energized because Yoga increases oxygen flow to your brain and cells plus it enhances body's own power of detoxification. If you keep on practicing it you are expected to experience the following:

    1. A deep mindfulness which will make your perceptions vivid.
    2. A mental calm and wellness that will make you enjoy every waking moment.
    3. A leaner body and better digestive ability requiring lesser food mass.
    4. A lower pulse rate like athletes and a longer life with reduced aging.

    Do you know about Pranayam?
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    Jan 30 2014: I've been doing yoga for more than twenty years. More oxygen, more (inner and outer) silence, more balance, the feeling of your body exists (daily quick life makes us to ignore our body exists), the gift of a relaxed pause made to ourselves, the listening of silence and a thousand more.
    Yoga and physical exercise (not at the same time, but often in the same day) are for me the perfect solution.
    Best.
  • Jan 29 2014: The chemical is oxygen to the brain. When you stretch while doing yoga it like unraveling a hose with lots of kinks in it and suddenly the water flows faster with no restrictions. It works the same way for all the other systems involved like your circulatory system, nervous system, lymph nodes, joints, skin and bones. Stretching makes all of these work much better and with all of them performing better it is quite a positive rush to system which makes your whole body "happy". Quite the opposite effect of most exercise which usually makes you tired and exhausted. I have been using Yoga to heal my body for over forty years.
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      Jan 29 2014: Thank you Kieth. I am going to start using yoga more often, when I am not feeling well.
      • Jan 31 2014: Yoga should be a fun learning experience. One of the most important things with yoga is do not overdue it, by that I mean stretch until you feel the pain coming on and then back off just a little, stay in the same position then relax and listen to your body. Yoga is not meant to hurt, if it hurts you are doing it wrong. Yoga brings you to pain and then you simply wait as your body repairs itself with the help of gravity which is a slow ongoing process.
        By learning I mean listen to your body. Yoga helps you become acutely aware of every muscle and nerve and any imperfections. As you continue to hold the same position, gravity will do all the work for you, your job is to persist and relax but don't overdue it. Dalai Lama says "our purpose is to be happy" so stay happy, it's an inside job.
    • Jan 31 2014: Beautifully said! Thank you.
  • Feb 4 2014: Like meditation and prayer, disconnecting the brain from its normal spatial awareness for a time, removes the overwhelmed state that these portions of your brain usually exhibit. This increases oxytocin levels and gives a good feeling.

    The same can be done by sensory deprivation chamber.

    This has also been attributed to the good feeling from intoxication (shutting down brain function) as well as the feeling of bliss frequently associated with near-death (shutting down the brain).

    So basically, yoga helps take you out of the now, shuts down portions of the brain temporarily, and that feels good.
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    Feb 4 2014: That feeling can be attributed the realizing that no one caught you doing yoga
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    Feb 3 2014: So my subjective thought is yoga allows you as a body to focus inward which is the first step in any healing. You ask if there is chemical released. It may be but rather than a specific hormonal change I suspect every body undergoes its own neuro chemical alchemy as to be best align with ones mind.
  • Feb 3 2014: There are many things that can happen in our body when our mind discovers something or uses a procedure to relax.
    We may end-up drooling, go red cheek or sweat.

    It is all about the state of mind, which we may have to learn to control, which controles the body.
  • Feb 2 2014: Hannah I see you choose the laughing Einstein, good choice. Most people think of Einstein as a serious guy which he was but he often laughed mostly to himself as he saw humor even in serious matters. You can also see it in his quotes and writings like: "A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?" or “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” or “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” or “The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits.” or “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” and then “When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.”
    You see, Einstein was very funny guy...
  • Jan 29 2014: Lots of things, lots of things that should be the subject of serious, well-designed research.
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    Jan 28 2014: I feel happy!