A new study sheds some light on the healing benefits of prayer, yoga and meditation. Researchers had healthy adults in the Indian military either practice normal physical training for six months, or practice prayer, breathing exercises, yoga postures, and meditation for 6 months. Both groups were evaluated for antioxidant status before and after the 6 month intervention.
At six months the yoga group had a significant increase in antioxidant status, whereas the physical training group had a significant decrease in antioxidant status! It is important to remember the power of the ancient practices of breath, prayer, and yoga. Breathing Exercises have been shown to cause beneficial changes in hormone profiles, decrease stress, normalize brain function, and increase cardiovascular fitness. Yoga Postures have been shown to create a host of benefits including increased bone density, increased strength, increases in cardiovascular health, and decreaces in musculoskeletal problems such as back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. Prayer has been demonstrated to have multiple healing benefits for the practitioner and for society in general.
Never underestimate the power of these tools!
Read the study here.