Recent research credits a regular yoga practice with more than blissful zen and a buff bod— but it turns out that getting downward dog also makes us better human beings! A study published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing found that just 2 hours of yoga, per week makes us kinder, more patient, and just happier people to be around.
Here are eight ways that yoga makes us nicer, kinder, and more self-aware…
1. Improves Mood
If you’ve participated in a yoga class after a stressful day at work, you can certainly attest to how the urge to bite someone’s head off gradually dissipates along with every lunge and forward fold. The study published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing showed that a mere 60-minute yoga practice had the power to banish a bad mood, soothe stress, and transform negative thoughts into a positive outlook on life.