Genetics

Our genes are a part of who we are, so naturally they impact our health. By knowing more about your DNA, you may be able to take steps towards living a healthier life.

Most diseases involve many genes in complex interactions, in addition to environmental influences. An individual may not be born with a disease but may be at high risk of acquiring it. This is called a genetic predisposition or susceptibility. The genetic susceptibility to a particular disease due to the presence of one or more gene mutations, and/or a combination of alleles need not necessarily be abnormal.

Researchers all around the globe have done extensive work on major noncommunicable diseases, like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and some mental illnesses. In some cases, such as cancer, individuals are born with genes that are altered by lifestyle habits or exposure to chemicals. Cancer, for example, may involve tumour-suppressor genes, genes which suppress tumour formation, which lose their function, thus giving rise to carcinomas. Cardiovascular disease tends to manifest itself in specific ways unique to various communities. For example, African communities tend to have strokes as a result of cardiovascular disease, while south Asians tend to have heart attacks.

Understanding genetic predisposition to disease and knowledge of lifestyle modifications also by using Geneyoga guide  helps each individual to live their life longer and happier.

This section on genetic predisposition to disease aims to provide descriptions of major diseases that are included and used as an input to Geneyoga guide. Click here

Keep in mind that many conditions and traits are influenced by multiple factors. We are using them as an input to provide you with Geneyoga guide. Geneyoga guide is intended for informational purposes only and do not diagnose disease or illness.

Diseases and genes included in Geneyoga guide

The genetic part of Geneyoga guide will tell you if you have genetic variants that are risk factors for various health conditions.

Gene Variant(s)

Alzheimer's disease

Gene: TOMM40, Gene: APOE,

Atrial fibrillation

Gene: PITX2, Gene: PITX2 – RPL36AP23

Long QT interval

Gene: NOS1AP

Multiple sclerosis

Gene: HLA-DRA, Gene: RPL5, Gene: IL7R

Yoga therapy

Yoga therapy or yoga as medicine is the personalised application of yoga techniques to fit the current needs and interests of the individual. It is an integrated mind-body approach for restoring balance and adaptive functioning to the physical (musculoskeletal), physiological (digestion, respiration, cardiovascular, endocrine, and immune), and mental/emotional systems.

Yoga Therapy may be used to:

  • Reduce symptoms of illness or injury
  • Prevent genetically predisposed conditions
  • Stablish more functional breath and movement patterns
  • Reduce physical and mental suffering
  • Improve quality of life
  • Enhance positive coping strategies.

According to the late Georg Feuerstein, “Yoga therapy is of modern coinage and represents a first effort to integrate traditional yogic concepts and techniques with Western medical and psychological knowledge.”

What the many modern interpretations of yoga therapy have in common is an understanding of the vital integration of mind, body, and spirit to heal the whole person. One way to think of yoga therapy is as a replacement therapy, that is, replacing old bad habits with better new ones. As such, yoga therapy encompasses not only the body and the movements we do on the yoga mat, but how we live and treat others and ourselves off the mat, which is ultimately what matters for a healthy and whole life. Simply and elegantly stated in the words of Judith Hanson Lasater, yoga therapy is “the use of the techniques of yoga to create, stimulate, and maintain an optimum state of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.” Read more…

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