A new research conducted by the Brain, Belief and Behavior Lab at Coventry University in Great Britain reveals that the benefits of Yoga and Thai Chi Meditation begin in our genes.
Lead researcher, Ivana Buric states, “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, [mind-body interventions] cause the brain to steer our DNA processes along a path which improves our well-being.”
Yoga and Thai Chi are well known to provide both physical and mental health, but did you know how and why? These activities are not just based on stretching, relaxing and meditating which are the first thought that come to mind when I think of Yoga or Thai Chi. More importantly, research shows that the effects that Yoga and Thai Chi pose in our bodies goes far beyond just relaxing and stretching, but instead, they reverse molecular reactions in DNA that cause poor health and depression.
“More study is needed to understand these effects fully and how mind-body interventions compare to other healthy activities and dietary habits,” expressed Buric. “But this is an important foundation to build on to help future researchers explore the benefits of increasingly popular mind-body activities,” Buric added.
We always hear that regularly exercising is essential to our well-being, so what better exercise than one that will both maintain your physical health and trigger your brain to maintain your entire body feeling healthy?