Yoga reduces stress and now there is scientific evidence to back it up and tell us why!

by Melissa West on August 3, 2012

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Yoga reduces stress


This is another good news post! This came to me from my friend Judy Krings from E-mail. Yoga reduces stress and now there is scientific evidence to back it up and tell us why!

This was a study done at UCLA to see if yoga reduced the stress of people who care for those who suffer from Alzheimers and dementia.

In the study, the participants were randomized into two groups. The meditation group was taught the 12-minute yogic practice that included Kirtan Kriya, which was performed every day at the same time for eight weeks. The other group was asked to relax in a quiet place with their eyes closed while listening to instrumental music on a relaxation CD, also for 12 minutes daily for eight weeks. Blood samples were taken at the beginning of the study and again at the end of the eight weeks.

“The goal of the study was to determine if meditation might alter the activity of inflammatory and antiviral proteins that shape immune cell gene expression,” said Lavretsky. “Our analysis showed a reduced activity of those proteins linked directly to increased inflammation.

Reporting in the current online edition of the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, Dr. Helen Lavretsky, senior author and a professor of psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and colleagues found in their work with 45 family dementia caregivers that 68 of their genes responded differently after Kirtan Kriya Meditation (KKM), resulting in reduced inflammation.

As previously reported, practicing a certain form of chanting yogic meditation for just 12 minutes daily for eight weeks led to a reduction in the biological mechanisms responsible for an increase in the immune system’s inflammation response. Inflammation, if constantly activated, can contribute to a multitude of chronic health problems.

This is good news! 🙂

This study showed a reduction in the biological mechanisms responsible for an increase in the immune system’s inflammation response.

Research comes from:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-07/uoc–yrs072412.php

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