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References Adhia, H., Nagendra H. R., Mahadevan, B. (2010). Impact of yoga way of life on organizational performance.

International Journal of Yoga, 3(2) 55-66. Retrieved from;year=2010;volume=3;issue=2; spage=55;epage=66;aulast=Adhia The authors conduct an experiment to measure how involvement in the practice of Yoga can increase organization performance for managers. The results at the end of the experiment display that managers that began participating in various practices of Yoga did improve significantly in four out of the five indicators measured. The results showed that Yoga helps a person gain a more full view of life and they will begin to go beyond their own responsibilities to do more without expecting an award. It always decreases worry and leads to immediate action while also helping in setting goals. This article is significant to my topic because of how the managers overall organizational skills changed through Yoga, and the beneficial results that it caused. Dador, D. (2011, February 17). Study: Yoga May Help Boost Your Mood. Retrieved from This article discusses how Yoga can boost your mood. It looks at how exactly Yoga affects the brain through a chemical known as GABA, which is a chemical that is released into the body when an individual is happy. This article is very helpful for my research because I want to look into and explain my audience how and why. Through more research of GABA, researchers may discover how to use Yoga for certain medical conditions such as depression. Friday, L. (2011, Aug 12). Yoga Gets Into Med School- Students Learn to Relax Patients, And Themselves. Retrieved from This article looks into the lives of medical students and sees how Yoga can greatly improve their lives while at school. Yoga greatly influences certain challenges and stresses that medical students go through and helps to relieve that stress. Even a 2009 study reports that 25 percent of med students become depressed during their education. This article promotes Yoga and how it is being seen incorporated into the lives of med students to reduce Yoga and depression. This research opens the questions of how these med students can learn from Yoga and pass it on to their patients. Harvard University. (2009, April). Yoga for Anxiety and Depression. Retrieved from !!!"#$%&'#"#%()%(*"$*+,-$!.&$''$(.,/%()%(*01$-'%&0/$%&'#02$''$(,3445,6 6 78(9&,:;<%=>;(=%-?9$'@=%-*=*$8($..9;Researchers for Harvard Health Publications study how yoga can be used to improve conditions of anxiety and depression. Yoga appears to have a larger influence on stress

response than past studies have revealed. More recent studies from the University of Utah have stated that the practice of Yoga can increase heart rate, resulting in the body more easily dealing with the pressures of stress. Different studies are explained, all of which contain participants with emotional and behavioral disorders being introduced to Yoga. The results remain the same- the majority of people were very positively affected with lower scores in depression, anxiety, and overall well being. This study is being furthered to look into how Yoga can improve the lives of war veterans, dementia patients, and even breast cancer survivors. This article reinforces my topic in many ways because if focuses on how Yoga affects the mind and life of a person, rather than just the body. Hayes M., Chase S. (2010, March). Prescribing Yoga. Retrieved from www.sciencedirec This article provides a list of effects that Yoga may have on an individual- everything from health benefits to physical benefits, to mental and spiritual benefits. There is also a history provided explaining how Yoga came to be and its original purpose. There is a table that also provides each different type of Yoga and a brief description. The section of this article most helpful to me is titled The Emergence of Yoga as Therapy in which Yoga is discussed as therapeutic and a way of healing. A question is raised whether or not Yoga should be reimbursed with insurance due to it be prescribed as a therapy. Hinson, M. (2013, September 21). Observation of Yoga Studios. Retrieved from These observations demonstrate how a Yoga class takes place and the differences between different Yoga studios. The author discusses how different people and objects play apart in the overall setting and atmosphere of the studio. One things important to notice is how happy and peppy the Yoga instructors and many of the practitioners are. This is further research that can be used to support that Yoga can improve your mood and create happiness and liveliness within a person, not just certain physical benefits. These observations raise the questions of how exactly this takes place and why Yoga does create this sense of happiness. Kauts, A., Sharma N. (2009). Effect of yoga on academic performance in relation to stress. International Journal of Yoga, 2(1), 39-43. Retrieved from http://www.;year=2009;volume=2;issue=1=spage= 39;epage=43;aulastKauts This article reveals how stress can interfere with the test performance of students because it creates a larger challenge dealing with concentration. Yoga practitioners obtain physical health benefits alone with a peaceful mind, uplifted mood, and harmony in their everyday lives due to their practice. Yoga as been seen to manage anxiety and stress and also to increase concentration. One study describes how Yoga and meditation decreases aggressiveness in students with behavior problems. An experiment was done that tested

students academic performances before and after practicing Yoga for 7 weeks and resulted in a noticeable decrease in stress and an increase in concentration and awareness. This experiment leads to the question of whether Yoga should be an option in schools in order to benefit students. Kim, M. (2011, February 11). Mind-Body Connection: Yoga and Your Mood. Retrieved from 7965646 This news article focuses on how Yoga boosts your mood. Lab work reveals that there really is a connection between your practice and your brain. The chemical GABA, which is a chemical that is released when youre happy, is shown through neuro-imaging in increase during an individuals Yoga practice. Yoga stimulates brain activity and increases your mood while decreasing anxiety. This article can be used to further research and questions how Yoga can be used for certain other conditions such as depression and general anxiety and others. Kinser, P., Bourguignon, C., Taylor, A., & Steeves, R. (2013). A Feeling of Connectedness: Perspectives on a Gentle Yoga Intervention for Women with Major Depression. Issues In Mental Health Nursing, 34(6), 402-411. Retrieved from This article explains a study done for women suffering from MDD, Major Depressive Disorder, which is one of the most common conditions for women in the United States, and also all around the world. Twelve MDD women participated in an 8-week gentle yoga class. The results revealed that Yoga helped to decrease stress and feelings of isolation. It also created a feeling of connectedness. From this study, researchers can continue to implement that practice of Yoga as a gateway for helping to lesson depression among individuals. Knittel, L. (2013) Beginners Bliss. Yoga Journal. Retrieved from www.yogajournal. com/health/1064 This article directly addresses Yogas effect on stress, which will be large part of my paper. It doesnt just discuss it, but discusses the why. This article explains the stress hormone cortisol and how Yoga decreases it, resulting in decreases stress in individuals. There is further explanation from a neurologist professor that leads into further research regarding depression, diabetes, and other diseases that Yoga could possibly aid in treating. Seligson, S. (2010, September 1) Your Brain on Yoga: Calmer, More Content. Retrieved from Researcher Chris Streeter has looked into Yoga as more of something simple that is good for you- but more as to how it can treat anxiety and depression. Yoga is found to improve

ones mood greatly and decrease anxiety. A 12-week study was conducted on 34 healthy young men and women. This study compares the benefits of walking with the benefits of practicing Yoga. It was obvious that the GABA levels of the participants were elevated. GABA is gamma-amino butyric acid, which is a chemical that is released when one is happy. The role of GABA still remains somewhat of a mystery to researchers, but there is an obvious link between GABA and Yoga. This research can begin to look further into the affect of Yoga on mood disorders and finding out more on GABA. Smith M., Segal, R., Segal, J. (2013, July). Stress Symptoms, Signs and Causes- The Effects of Stress and What You Can Do About It. Retreived from www.helpguide. org./mental/stress_signs.htm This article is all about stress. It gives basic definitions, causes, symptoms, and treatments. The authors explain many reasons as to why stress can occur as well as signs of stress- and even ones that are there but often go unnoticed. This article will be extremely helpful in my research narrative as I further look into how Yoga reduces stress, and the positive effects that it has by doing so. Woodyard, C. (2011, Jul-Dec). Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and its Ability to increase quality of life. International Journal of Yoga, 4(2), 49. Retrieved from sectitle This article looks at the benefits of Yoga as well as the therapeutic benefits that it offers. Woodyards publication looks more deeply into the evidence that Yoga has therapeutic effects and how these effects are seen across different populations and among different conditions. This article proves helpful to me because of all of the information that it contains. I can read about what Yoga does, theories as to how it works, and how it gives an individual a better quality of life. 6 6