Yoga and Meditation Can Change Your Genes, Study Says

Yoga and Meditation Can Change Your Genes, Study Says


Yoga and Meditation Can
Change Your Genes, Study Says Yoga and meditation may do
more than just help you feel relaxed in the moment. A new scientific review
suggests that meditation can actually reverse
stress-related changes in genes linked to
poor health and depression. Frontiers in Immunology said
that British researchers analyzed the findings from
18 previously published studies— involving a total of 846 people—
on the biological effects of meditation, yoga, breathing exercises. The studies show that these
mind-body exercises appear to suppress the expression
of genes and genetic pathways that promote inflammation. Inflammation can temporarily
boost the immune system, and can be protective
against infection and injury. Psychological stress can make
the body’s inflammatory response become chronic and can impair
both physical and mental health. Researchers found that people
who practiced these activities regularly had fewer signs of
inflammation, including a decrease in their production
of inflammatory proteins. This signals “the reversal of
the molecular signature of the effects of chronic stress,”
which may translate to a reduced risk of inflammation-related
diseases and conditions. Researchers were surprised
to see that different types of mind-body techniques
had such similar effects at the genetic level. Meditation
—when practiced regularly— seem to decrease the
activity of genes involved in inflammation. Mind-body interventions
cause the brain to steer our DNA processes along
a path which improves our well being. Inherited genes are not
static and that DNA activity can depend on
things people can control. By choosing healthy habits
every day, we can create a gene activity pattern that is
more beneficial for our health. Even just 15 minutes of
practicing meditation seems to do the trick. Visit SimplifiedKundaliniYoga.com Learn SKY Meditation
Reprogram your Genes Be Blessed by the Divine,
Krish Murali Eswar.