A recent study from Coventry University found that what they termed as “mind-body interventions” (MBIs) (Coventry University, 2017) are not only beneficial at inducing a more tranquil state in practitioners of said interventions but that they can “they can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression” (ibid). What the study points out is that practices such as yoga and tai chi are not only useful in reducing stress but that they actually reverse the effects of stress on human genetic reactions. The study also notes the need for further research into the additional benefits of physical activity and proper nourishment as a comparison to the effects of MBIs. This is an interesting study in that it specifically notes a reversal of genetic stress effects through mind-body practices. We must hope that more research is committed to similar studies.
Coventry University. (2017, June 15). Meditation and yoga can ‘reverse’ DNA reactions which cause stress, new study suggests. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 21, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170615213301.htm