Aside from stretching and toning your body there are a HEAP of other benefits from getting into a downward facing dog position!
In fact, new research finds that those who do yoga and meditation on a regular basis have a better overall sense of wellbeing and are more resilient when it comes to dealing with stress.
Experts from the University of Southern California worked with participants for three months at a yoga and meditation retreat. These participants engaged in daily yoga and meditation practice and followed a vegetarian diet.
After their time at the retreat, volunteers underwent various medical and psychological assessments.
Researchers found that yoga and meditation has an extremely positive effect on the central nervous system and immune system as well as improving an individual’s overall sense of wellbeing.
Experts also found that these participants had decreased anxiety and depression levels.
What’s more, participants had an increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factor also known as BDNF – a physiological process that plays a vital role in learning, memory and the regulation of processes such as inflammation, immunity, mood regulation, stress response and metabolism.
“To our knowledge, our study is the first to examine a broad range of inflammatory markers in a healthy population before and after a yoga-meditation intervention,” explains study author Dr. Baruch Rael Cahn.
“Our findings justify further studies of yoga and meditation retreats assessing for the replicability, specificity and long-term implications of these findings.”
How interesting is that!
Check out this AWESOME Healthy Mummy yoga video to help tone your butt and thighs:
28 Day Weight Loss Challenge introduces Mind.Body.Breath.Sessions
If you want to take charge of your own health, weight and mental health – then join our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge TODAY.
We recently introduced DanceFit and Tabata to the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge App. Now, we are excited to announce the lunch of The Healthy Mummy MIND, BODY & BREATH sessions.
The Healthy Mummy MIND.BODY.BREATH.Sessions are designed to support mindful motherhood (and compliment your exercise program while following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge).
It is designed to help reduce stress and improve mood among pregnant women and early mums, enhance your connection with self-care practices and really thrive through the transformation of motherhood.
About The Healthy Mummy MIND, BODY & BREATH sessions
There are three Healthy Mummy MIND.BODY.BREATH sessions for you to choose from:
- 3 minute
- 5 minute
- 10 minute
All Healthy sessions begin with a MIND.BODY.BREATH warm-up, to get you settled and prepared.
We recommend you begin your Healthy Mummy guided MIND.BODY.BREATH practice by doing it twice a week.
Start slow and gradually grow your practice so that it becomes a habit. Your aim is to be able to do it daily. Set a reminder for yourself as a morning or bedtime ritual. Find a time that works for you.
Find your inner peace and relax with the awesome MIND.BODY.BREATH.Sessions we now have on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
To learn more about our challenge OR to join – click here.