This is great for tense shoulders and can be deepened by taking your legs apart and bending forwards, lifting laced arms as far as you can above your head. Next, kneel on the mat, buttocks on heels (or use a cushion for extra comfort).Roll your torso forward, bringing your forehead to rest on the ground (or cushion) in front of you and your arms to rest on the floor by the soles of your feet with the palms facing upwards The stretching and toning group saw no significant change in their performance.
It has benefits for physical health, too — studies have shown meditation can reduce the perception of pain and protect against conditions related to stress such as high blood pressure and heart disease.
With modern technology and social media keeping us switched on 24 hours a day, letting your mind take time out is more important than ever, says Sandy Newbigging, author of the best-selling book Mind Calm.
Low serotonin levels may lead to addictive behavior such as gambling or other habits caused by weak will power.
Serotonin is known as 5-HT, or 5-hydroxytryptamine, and is found in many places in the body particularly the brain, gastrointestinal system, and blood cells.
Once serotonin is made, the pineal gland is able to convert it at night into melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone.