National Yoga Awareness Month is observed in September and sponsored by the Yoga Health Foundation. What better month than September is there to incorporate a new, healthy habit into your life?
National Yoga Awareness Month raises awareness that there is a lot of research being done on yoga and its health benefits to virtually every system of our bodies. As physicians start to incorporate preventive medicine into their practices, many are looking to yoga. There are many different types of yoga. You may want to try different classes, instructors, and different approaches so you can find a yoga discipline that you like. Kids and adults can enjoy yoga.
Available reviews of a wide range of yoga practices suggest they can reduce the impact of exaggerated stress responses and may be helpful for both anxiety and depression. In this respect, yoga functions like other self-soothing techniques, such as meditation, relaxation, exercise, or even socializing with friends.
Yoga and meditation may do more than just relax you. They could stop and reverse the effects of stress on your genes and prevent sickness and disease. Yoga and meditation are the new go-to recommendations for almost anything that ails you. True, these practices can deliver benefits for people with diabetes, elevated heart-disease risk, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and many other seemingly unrelated conditions. But how exactly do these activities help the body in ways that can prevent or improve all these illnesses?
The relaxation that mind-body practices bring could reverse the damaging effects of stress on your genes, says a new analysis in Frontiers in Immunology. Researchers analyzed 18 studies of the physiological effects of yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, Qigong, deep breathing techniques, mindfullness-based stress reduction, and active relaxation. What all these practices had in common was that people who took part in them regularly produced less of a protein called nuclear factor kappa B.
Your body produces nuclear factor kappa B when you're under stress. According to Ivana Buric, MSc, authory of the study and a researcher in the Brain, Belief, and Behavior Lab in Coventry University's' Centre for Psychology, Behaviour, and Achievement, this protein increses the activity of genes related to inflammation. People who meditate or practice yoga or other mind-body activities seem to run low on this stress protein.
National Yoga Awareness Month Sponsor:
Yoga Health Foundation
To learn more, visit http://www.yogamonth.org
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