New research shows that while balancing activities like Tai Chi, yoga and meditation are great for promoting a sense of well-being and reduce stress, these activities can literally change your body/mind at the molecular level.
A recent study pioneered by scientists from Coventry University and Radboud University have shown that mind body interventions can reverse back molecular reactions inside your DNA that cause illness and depression.
According to, Ivana Buric, the lead researcher from the Brain, Belief and Behaviour Lab in Coventry University’s Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, commented, “These activities are leaving what we call a molecular signature in our cells, which reverses the effect that stress or anxiety would have on the body by changing how our genes are expressed. Put simply, MBIs [mind-body interventions] cause the brain to steer our DNA processes along a path which improves our wellbeing.”
Buric additionally noted that countless individuals are already reaping the advantages of mind body exercises like yoga and Tai Chi, without even realizing how really useful these activities are for their bodies. Buric states that whereas additional studies still have to be be done to totally ascertain the scope of what mind-body intervention will do, she believes that their analysis may be a key building block for future analysis.
It’s well known that once an individual has a stressful event their body goes into what’s typically referred to as the flight or fight response. This reaction, although initially beneficial, overtime increases the risk of certain diseases like cancer and disorders like depression. It also accelerates the aging process.
However the research team found that individuals who follow mind body interventions on a regular basis showcase a reduction in the production of the disease causing inflammatory genes. These interventions ultimately lowers the risk of inflammation-related conditions.and can even help keep your brain youthful by reducing “brain age” by over seven years.
These mind-body activities are improving lives by slowing and reversing diseases at the molecular level for yoga practicing individuals across the world.
Sources: Natural News