In the past ten years, for good reason, yoga has been recommended more and more by psychiatrists and other mental health practitioners as a powerful tool to augment conventional talk therapy or pharmacologic work. The reasons are many -- but what it comes down to most -- is that yoga represents a powerful way of tapping into both endorphins and enkephalins -- naturally occurring long-chain proteins -- called polypeptides -- which enhance pleasure and relaxation.   It also works to establish more release of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which can help neurons to grow and re-establish new pathways that can take patients out of destructive circles of thinking.     If you don't already have a yoga practice in your life, it's easy to develop.  Many classes are inexpensive and gladly welcome beginners.   It's an easy way to add priceless value to your well being! 

David Salvage, MD, FAPM

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