Meditation, yoga, mindfulness can change your genes

A man performs tai chiThe first step of Inner Leadership is to centre and ground ourselves. This reconnects us deeply with who we are and what matters most to us, enabling us to respond better to whatever arises.

One of the four ways we recommend to achieve this is meditation.

Now a new study has found that meditation changes our genes, reversing stress-related changes linked to poor health and depression, through a process called epigenetics. The same applies to related practices such as yoga, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi and even simple mindfulness practices such as breathing exercises:

“Sitting meditation is quite different than yoga or Tai Chi, yet all of these activities — when practiced regularly — seem to decrease the activity of genes involved in inflammation that can impair both physical and mental health.”

Meditation and these other practices lower our stress, increase our focus and connection, and improve our risk of disease, our lifespan, and the genes we pass on to our children.

(Living a purposeful life has been found to have similar effects.)

Would you like to become more focused, grounded, and healthy? Do you already include ten to thirty minutes of meditation, yoga, or mindfulness as part of your daily routine?


Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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One Reply to “Meditation, yoga, mindfulness can change your genes”

  1. Very informative post! The researchers showed mindfulness meditation resulted in increased brain volume in the hippocampus. Mindfulness meditation can help with depressive symptoms and anxiety disorders.

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