According to Psychology Today, yoga increases the body’s level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical in the brain that helps to regulate nerve activity. People with anxiety disorders, for example, often have low GABA activity levels. Yoga also improves symptoms of depression, attention deficit and hyperactivity, and sleep disorders.
Ranch at Rock Creek’s new Snowga program ensures guests can reap the benefits of yoga even during Montana’s harsh winters. Held outside, guests snowshoe to the practice location, raising their heart rate and producing endorphins even before the two to three hour session begins. Being outside in nature and breathing the crisp air does everything from improving short-term memory loss to reducing inflammation. There is also the added benefit of working out in a group. In 2009, researchers at Oxford University discovered that exercising in a group makes you train harder and leaves you with higher levels of endorphins than exercising alone. (theranchatrockcreek.com)