Reduce chronic stress and the negative effects of chronic stress
Improve immune system function by reducing cortisol (the stress hormone) -“Studies show that 60-90% of Doctor’s visits are for stress-related complaints” - Dr. Benson
Switch on immune stimulating genes -Harvard Medical School Study in 2008 showed that in long-term practitioners of yoga/meditation, more “disease- fighting genes” were active, compared to control group
Lower blood pressure - relaxation results in increases nitric oxide which helps open blood vessels
Prevent premature aging - 2011 UCLA study shows an increase of Telomerase in meditators which is linked to premature aging Positively impact Brain Function - increases gray matter density in the hippocampus (learning, memory, emotional regulation) - decreases gray matter density in the amygdala, correlates with lower stress levels - when we are calm, we are able to think more clearly and make better decisons - calmer = smarter, meditation is proven to raise IQ levels
When we reduce stress, we are more present and focused. We have the ability to enjoy each moment, with a deeper sense of clarity.
So, why not meditate?
I would love to help you begin, or advance an existing, meditation practice.