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 most to us. And that enables us to respond better to any issues that arise.

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

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

The study found that this also happens as the result of meditative practices such as yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong 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.”

Separately, this TED talk also describes how meditation for as little as 12 minutes a day also mends the sections at the ends of our DNA called ‘telomeres’. Like the protective caps at the ends of our shoelaces, these stop our DNA from fraying — which helps us to live longer. 

Meditation and these other activities increase our focus and connection, reduce stress, reduce our risk of disease, increase our lifespan, and improve our genes.

Do you include ten to thirty minutes per day of meditation, yoga, or mindfulness as part of your daily routine? Would you like to improve your genes?

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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