There is no doubt that yoga and meditation are vitally important to the mind, body and soul. Proving their extraordinary effects, the journal Frontiers in Immunology finally laid out its findings, after conducting a decade-long research.
The research done on yoga, Tai Chi, mindfulness and meditation showed that these practices ‘don’t simply relax us; they can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression…’
So, how do these practices actually help distress?
Well, whenever you face an anxiety-triggering situation, your sympathetic nervous system (SNS) begins working in a fast pace, trying to get you out of the stressful situation. This protective reflex is also known as the fight-or-flight mechanism.
This particular method is very effective in reducing stress, preventing mental disabilities and even protecting the body from cancer.
When the SNS starts working, it produces a nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB). This represents a molecule which is in charge of managing the genes and their external responses. In addition, this molecule also reduces the production of proteins known as cytokines. These proteins are harmful to the body and often cause numerous health problems.
One of the best ways to protect your body from such exposure to stress is engaging in mind-body interventions, known as MBIs. These include practices such as meditation and yoga. By regularly practicing both of these, the body is able to prevent the creation of Nf-kB and cytokines, which cause inflammation.
Both yoga and meditation are able to suppress stress and anxiety symptoms, as they change the molecular consistency in our cells. With that, MBIs control the brain function and keep our DNA intact.
Yoga and meditation are a great way to acquire inner balance and reflect it on the physical behavior as well. Through these, you will also find it easier to achieve mindfulness and keep stress and anxiety at bay. Even the shortest amount of time spent practicing yoga and meditation can drastically improve your mental, emotional and physical health – so why not give it a go?
To learn more on how to get started on yoga and meditation, watch the video below: