Yesterday - 21 june - It was International Yoga Day!
If you practice yoga regularly, you're familiar with the transformative effects of an hour spent syncing your movement with your breath.
Yes, yoga zens you out—and according to a new review published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, decades of a studies point to the conclusion that mind-body interventions like yoga, meditation, and tai chi actually alter our DNA.
This study review implies that yoga and meditation, practices many of us are already doing, can nip inflammation in the bud thanks to epigenetics, or the power we have over our DNA.
"Whether a gene that facilitates inflammation is actually making inflammatory proteins, which can be caused by poor diet, lack of sleep, smoking, and stress—that's epigenetics. And now, there's evidence that the stress reduction and mindfulness that comes out of yoga reduces those inflammatory proteins,"
Dr. Kahn says, while Dr. Cole adds, "Instead of seeing your yoga practice as simple movements, recognize it for what it truly is: A divine dance to awaken your healing power.”