Anatomy for Yoga Teachers – Why Yoga Works: Yoga’s Impact on the Nervous System & Stress

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we explore yoga’s impact on the nervous system and stress.


Become proficient in communicating how yoga practices impact the nervous system and why this is a critical factor in the positive results from yoga practice.


Understand why it’s important to learn to regulate the nervous system and give inspirational examples of yoga’s impact. Describe the primary underlying reason that yoga helps to relieve stress and give examples of yoga techniques that trigger the Relaxation Response. Describe the relationship between yoga, vagal tone, and relaxation. Explain research findings on the effect of Ujjayi Pranayama as it relates to stress. Define GABA and explain how it’s related to stress, fear and anxiety. Describe research findings on the impact of yoga on GABA levels.

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