Meditation, yoga, mindfulness can change your genes

The first step to becoming antifragile is to centre and ground. This reconnects us deeply with who we are and what matters to us. Then we can respond better to whatever situations we find ourselves in.

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

Now a study has found that meditation actually changes our genes. It reverses stress-related changes linked to poor health and depression, through a process called epigenetics.

The study found that the same thing happens as the result of meditative 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 activities lower our stress, increase our focus and connection, reduce our risk of disease, increase our lifespan, and improve the genes we pass on to our children.

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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