The modalities taught at the Center are effective in reducing the stress and anxiety associated with many physical, emotional, and psychological disorders. This is so because their practice induces structural and functional changes in the brain.
First, there is an increase in blood flow to the frontal cortex of the brain−the thinking part of the brain.
The second thing that happens is the modulation of the secretion of neuropeptides. Foremost, and very important, is the reduction in the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and an increase in the levels of the so-called, “hormones of pleasure”. They include: a) β endorphin (an endogenous analgesic), b) serotonin (associated with happiness and well-being), c) oxytocin (associated with trust, bonding, and love), and testosterone and dopamine (associated with pleasure).
In addition to that, the physical aspects of the yoga help increase strength, flexibility, and stamina.