Dr Mandeville is interested in the multiple aspects which create a Well Being. She updates this page regularly with interesting excerpts from research and practise which you can incorporate into your daily living as you wish.
Change your lifestyle - Change your genes
A pilot study published in the Lancet found that making lifestyle changes actually changes your genetic functioning. Incorporating yoga based stretches, 30 mins of walking a day, active stress management approaches and a plant based diet actually resulted in a lengthening of 'telomeres'. These are a type of 'cap' on a chromosome which prevents DNA deterioration associated with age related diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and the dementias. After 5 years of follow up the men in the active treatment group had a 10% increase in the length of telomeres.
Yoga increases bone density
Researcher Loren Fishman conducted a pilot study which used a DEXA scan (measuring bone mineral density) to prove that over a 2 year follow up period women's bone density significantly increased. Yoga, with its detailed postures, including twists provides 'stress' on the bone which stimulates it to become more dense. It may as a result also build a better bone structure as well as density.
Science Fact - Yoga changes your nervous system
A recent study by Streeter et al (2012) explains that yoga works to reduce the effects of stress by increasing parasympathetic activity, GABA activity and reducing allostatic load. Some of these effects are due to the stimulation of the vagus nerve as the main peripheral pathway.