Yoga and meditation at the cellular level

PLoS ONE published an article today comparing long-term meditation and yoga practitioners to a group of controls and a group who had taken an 8-week relaxation training course. The researchers found differences in the expression of over 2200 genes, some of which affected cellular metabolism and response to oxidative stress in the long- and short-term “relaxation group”. The study concluded that relaxation training can protect cells against damage related to chronic stress.

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2 Responses to Yoga and meditation at the cellular level
  1. esb
    July 3, 2008 | 5:01 am

    Eckhart Tolle mentions in his book The Power of Now that what a guru once told him to do was ask yourself what your next thought was going to be and see how long it takes your next thought to arise. This really helped me to learn to find the empty space in my head and keep it empty so that I can have some inner stillness and peace.

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