Lifestyle Psychology

Practicing Yoga and Meditation Reverses the DNA Damage that Makes us Sick and Depressed

It was proven that regular yoga practice and meditation have the power to reverse the DNA damage that is responsible for bad health and depression.

How does yoga affect genes?

Many studies have shown that practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness affect our genes in a very positive way. Those practices aren’t just relaxing, they are much more powerful. They are able to reverse the molecular reactions in our DNA that are responsible for depression and various illnesses.

Which situations lead to DNA damage?

Some things haven’t changed since the first human beings. When you are facing an unpleasant situation, your body goes into a so called battle or flight state. That reaction was very useful in the period when we had to fight with enemies in order to survive. But in the today’s world it might be doing you more harm than good. Especially because most of us are exposed to the situations that activate battle or flight state every day. When that system is put into practice too often, it can cause mental and emotional health problems, as well as malignancy.

  • What is happening on the chemical level?

When you go through similar situations, your body starts generating atomic factor kappa B. That particle causes generation of cytokines that are the main cause of bad health and depression.

  • Can mindfulness activities reverse this damage?

It was proven that if you practice activities such as yoga, meditation or Tai Chi, your body will be able to fight cytokines and atomic factor kappa B.

It seems that those activities can change your DNA on molecular level, and make it more resistant. If you practice yoga or similar mindful activities, you will rewire your cells and heal your body.

You will be able to avoid depression, illnesses as well as cancer.