100 years ago, scientists in the west laughed at yoga and meditation.
But recently, a five-year Harvard Medical School study  by the psychiatrist John Denninger shows that yoga and meditation can switch on and off certain genes that appear to be linked to immune function and stress.
Many previous studies of the effect of meditation and yoga on stress and other ailments were usually based on heart rate and blood pressure. These new studies are based on neuro-imaging and genomics technology.
“There is a true biological effect,” says Denninger. “The kinds of things that happen when you meditate have effects throughout the body, not just in the brain.”
The robust findings might encourage even more doctors to start recommending yoga and meditation to their patients. Various studies have shown that in the US, between 60% to 90% of doctor’s visits are linked to the effects of stress.
The effects of yoga and meditation on the well-being of the practitioner are very clearly stated by ancient yogis in India – perhaps 2000 years ago.
There is very little doubt now in mainstream science about the effectiveness and truthfulness of these statements by ancient yogis.
Are scientists prepared to go one step further?
Can they accept the truthfulness of ancient yogis who said yoga and meditation helped connect them to the universe and a supreme consciousness that revealed to them knowledge of the entire universe?
New findings in cosmology, paleontology, and oceanography are indicating some rare ancient yogis truly had extraordinary knowledge of phenomena in these three areas of science.
When will Harvard scientists gain the courage to accept that? After another 100 years?