Lately, I’ve been obsessing about the neuroscience of optimal living – what we can do physically to create an immediate shift in our brain chemistry and nervous system which then affects the types of thoughts we are thinking.
We can work from the “OUTSIDE ––> IN” to change our physical state in order to directly affect our biology and psychology!
One of the most influential factors is the accurate firing of neurotransmitters – the chemical reactions (messengers) between neurons in the brain.
Today, we’re tackling GABA. When GABA levels increase, activity in the amygdala gland is shown to decrease.
The amygdala gland, known as “The Alarm Bell of the Brain” is responsible for throwing us into fight or flight and amping up the Sympathetic Nervous System.
Therefore, when activity in the amygdala gland slows down we are less likely to react from a place of fear, more likely to remain calm, cool and collected and to respond from a balanced, grounded center of wisdom.
A 2007 study called “Yoga Asana Sessions Increase Brain GABA Levels” published by the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine shows that yoga is one of the most effective ways to increase brain GABA levels.
Watch the quick video above to learn how the different parts of your brain work together, how to increase GABA levels naturally and why yoga, meditation and breath work are some of the most effective tools to help wire your mind for calm and clarity.
Plus, learn about the scientific study proving yoga helps increase GABA levels!
I’d love to hear from you.
What physical activity do you use to help calm and reset your brain?
Sending you all sooo much love!