Epigenetics & Reclaiming The Power to Heal, The Disproven Myth of a Genetic Blueprint, Research Showing Lifestyle Effects on Cells, Gene Expression & Health — for Health & Wellness Coaches, Yoga Therapists, Yoga Teachers, Holistic Healthcare Providers

Please Note: This is part of a series of related topics. Use the quick menu above to navigate within this section.

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we explore research showing the undeniable impact of lifestyle on DNA and wellness.


Cite research that shows how stress relief, words, frequencies and other factors change the DNA, and thus our experience of illness and wellness.


Cite research showing the role of genes and lifestyle in health and wellness, including the 2021 randomized controlled trial showing diet and lifestyle changed DNA, reducing its “age.” Explain the profound results of the 2013 Benson-Henry research showing that reducing stress changes genetic expression. Discuss observations on this research published by Harvard Medical School.  Discuss research that showed in utero exposure to common toxic chemicals changed genetic expression. Explain the role of telomeres and the 2008 research that showed how lifestyle improvements impacted DNA as evidenced by telomerase activity. Describe in detail the findings of Russian biophysicist and molecular biologist Pjotr Garjajev regarding DNA.

To view this page and thousands more, we invite you to join Yoga Teacher Central, serving teachers since 2012.

You'll get instant access to a massive, organized library of practical and time-tested lessons, plans, and support for yoga teachers and trainers.

The entire site is member-supported and ad-free.

Be the finest yoga teacher you can be.

Select below to learn more, sign up, or log in.

© 2024 Yoga Teacher Central • All rights reserved • Terms of service • Privacy policy