I know some folks have issues with Yoga, even as exercise, along with martial arts. I don’t, if only because I think there are much more mainstream forms of syncretism where the lines aren’t as easily drawn between the Christian faith and other thought processes. Election years are a good time to see this in process… or pretty much any town hall meeting.
So, all that said, here’s an interesting bit about the physiological benefits that seem connected to the practice of Yoga even over a short time:
“The Norwegian study, published this month in the journal PLOS ONE, has found genetic evidence of yoga’s impact on the immune system. In the study, researchers examined 10 participants who underwent a week-long yoga retreat where they did meditation, yogic postures and yogic breathing exercises. Examining the participants’ blood before and after four-hour yoga sessions showed that the yoga practice changed the expression of 111 genes in circulating immune cells. In contrast, music and walking-based relaxation changed the expression of 38 genes.
“There are rapid (within two hours of start of practice) and significant gene expression changes… during a comprehensive yoga program,” the research team writes in the study. “These data suggest that previously reported effects of yoga practices have an integral physiological component at the molecular level which is initiated immediately during practice and may form the basis for the long-term stable effects.””
Studies have shown yoga to be beneficial for both physical and mental health, but the biological mechanisms for why have been poorly understood — until now. New research from the University of Oslo has determined that yoga practices can have an almost immediate impact on gene expression, particular…
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