Recent studies out of Harvard University and the University of Calgary indicates that Yoga can literally our DNA for the better.
The Calgary study found that practicing yoga can also extend your life.
The researchers discovered that yoga has an epigenetic effect, which means that it alters the expression of the genes without changing the genetic code itself.
Yoga, they said, can positively improve metabolic function on a cellular level, improving the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and prevent the development of chronic diseases.
In addition to the changes in DNA, the researchers found another remarkable change: the body was more resistance to oxidative stress, which is “an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants.” In more simple terms, that means a body that functions better and has a lower risk for developing disease.