Yoga is a complete art and science of health promotion, prevention, healing and enhancing longevity. The long term-practice of yogic and lifestyle practices such as postures, breath regulation, natural diet, social support and yogic stress management techniques can stimulate telomerase activity and lengthen telomere as a potential marker of youthfulness (Ornish et al., 2008). Additionally, the evidence-based findings made regarding mind-body efficacies on health have argued the decrease of inflammatory markers such as interleukin-1, interleukin-6, cytokines, c-reactive protein etcetera and increase in counts of IgA, T cells, and NK Cells(Harkess, Ryan, Delfabbro, & Cohen-Woods, 2016; Saatcioglu, 2013) as the result of regular mind-body practices have established yoga as the most inexpensive and viable alternative for boosting immune system and maintaining youthfulness.
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