Yoga makes your body more flexible, it also stretches the mind. It’s more than just exercise as it also fights fat, disease and depression.
Yoga is becoming a fitness trend because of its many healthy benefits.
Due to its increasing popularity, a couple of scientists from Harvard decided to investigate using some of the latest technology, they found out that yoga, as a form of exercise and meditation, has positive health benefits all the way down to the genetic level.
According to elite daily, the government-funded study was done on 210 study participants who reported high levels of chronic stress; 70 of those participants were assigned to practice yoga every day for 20 minutes, while the rest performed various other mind relaxing techniques.
John Denninger, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School and also the lead author of the study, says the most positive health benefits came from those who were doing yoga, even the beginners.
Bloomberg reports that the study found that just 20 minutes of practicing yoga, even for total novices, was enough time to give a boost to genes responsible for energy metabolism as well as insulin secretion, while reducing the effect of other genes involved in inflammatory response and stress.
The result is that Denninger, along with much of the westernized science community, says he is starting to see the many effects of using yoga along with the right medications to treat, as well as even prevent, some nasty illnesses like high blood pressure, chronic pain and depression.
Based on the above, it is obvious that yoga is the way to go.