Whenever something generates a lot of interest it stimulates the science field as well as the media. We were curious as to how much this was happening in regards to Yoga. It is much more of a confidence builder if you are going to start practicing Yoga, to know that there is some solid proof behind all or some of the claims that are made about it
We found a really good article about this at Bloomberg:
“Harvard Yoga Scientists Find Proof of Meditation Benefit
Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) — Scientists are getting close to proving what yogis have held to be true for centuries — yoga and meditation can ward off stress and disease.
John Denninger, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, is leading a five-year study on how the ancient practices affect genes and brain activity in the chronically stressed. His latest work follows a study he and others published earlier this year showing how so-called mind-body techniques can switch on and off some genes linked to stress and immune function.
While hundreds of studies have been conducted on the mental health benefits of yoga and meditation, they have tended to rely on blunt tools like participant questionnaires, as well as heart rate and blood pressure monitoring. Only recently have neuro-imaging and genomics technology used in Denninger’s latest studies allowed scientists to measure physiological changes in greater detail.”
continue reading the entire post that has been well presented by bloomberg.com
This information is really quite exciting for both that are already into Yoga and for those that are thinking about it. One of the biggest health threats that we face is stress. We know that it does all kinds of horrid things to the body. Yet, we don’t seem to be able to control it. In fact, we have become so used to learning to live with it that we don’t even recognize the changes it is making to our body when we are reacting to stress. This is quite scary.
We were curious to find out what else is being said about Yoga with some supportive material regarding the health, and we came across this information at National Geographic.
“New Study Shows Yoga Has Healing Powers
Poses like down dog can bring down levels of inflammation in cancer patients
The more we learn about yoga, the more we realize the benefits aren’t all in the minds of the 20 million or so devotees in the U.S. Yoga helps people to relax, making the heart rate go down, which is great for those with high blood pressure. The poses help increase flexibility and strength, bringing relief to back pain sufferers.