Can Yoga Change Your DNA?

There’s no doubt about it, yoga continues to grow in popularity across nearly every age group. And while yoga is nothing new, it's nearly 5,000 years old after all, studies continue to find more and more benefits. For instance, it is known that yoga can help improve these conditions:
·         Poor blood circulation
·         High blood pressure
·         Arthritis
·         Osteoporosis
·         Limited mobility
·         Lower back pain
·         Difficulty breathing
·         Headaches
·         Tension or stress
·         Depression
Relax your mind and then consider this:
In addition to the seemingly endless benefits of yoga, experts have found that it can actually impact your genes, too.
In a recent study, several researchers reviewed 18 studies, involving a total of 846 people, to examine how the behavior of genes is affected by yoga, tai chi and meditation.
The conclusion? Mind-Body activities, like yoga, reverse molecular reactions in DNA that cause poor health and depression.
"Millions of people around the world already enjoy the health benefits of mind-body interventions like yoga or meditation, but what they perhaps don't realize is that these benefits begin at a molecular level and can change the way our genetic code goes about its business," said lead researcher Ivana Buric.
"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," Buric said in a university news release.
Take a new view of yoga.
Yoga can help you get fit for life. It helps you deal with stress, pick up your child, connect with your dog, carry groceries and work in your garden. It also can help to prevent or ease back pain and muscle or joint injury, and give you self-reliance and self-esteem.
Even if you haven’t tried yoga before, it’s easier to get started than you might think. With Gwinnett Medical Center, you can enjoy a series of yoga classes that is great for individuals of all fitness levels. You can also utilize the dedicated experts at GMC’s Fitness & Performance Center to receive personalized, one-on-one fitness sessions that are tailored to meet your individual needs. 

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