You probably know that yoga is a great for relaxation, de-stressing, stretching and better balance. But did you know that it yoga can also reverse molecular reactions cause cancers, depression[i] and more?
It all begins with your reaction to stress. Stress (fear, irritation, annoyance) triggers your fight or flight response. Hormones are released which raise your heart rate and cause glucose to surge into your blood ready for you to fight or take flight. Another important action is the releases of chemical, which cause inflammation. Inflammation is important in the short-term because it enhances wound healing – very important in our hunter-gatherer days. And it is still important.
The trouble is that the hectic pace of 21st century living and the huge number of demands on us everyday means that we’re exposed to stress in the form of little niggles throughout the day. And little irritations add up to big daily doses of stress.
The continuous release of stress hormones leads to which is at the heart of chronic (degenerative) conditions such as heart disease and cancers as well as depression and accelerated ageing.
According to scientists from the University of Coventry in the UK, yoga and other mind-body interventions (MBI), such as meditation and Tai Chi, reduces inflammation at the moeclucalr or DNA level.
So as well as aerobic exercise which reduces stress hormones, think about practicing yoga (and/or meditation and Tai Chi). Take a look at this free yoga routine that you can try in the privacy of your home here.