Mindfulness—that awesome reality check that let's you know just how little control you really have over your mind—is still worth the effort, and here’s why.
Meditation literally transforms cortical tissue in the brain - good. Mindfulness meditation has also been discovered to influence key aspects of human biology connected to cellular and body aging - very good. Cue choir, trumpets and fireworks.
We all know that stress causes lots of physiological changes in the body, but did you know stress actually leads to premature aging?
Scientists use telomeres - the ends of our chromosomes - as an indicator of cellular age. The length of the telomere shows how quickly a cell is aging. Therefore, when a telomere erodes away, the chromosome begins to degrade, signaling the cell to cease dividing or to die. Not good. So how can we change the length of our telomeres and our life?
Scientists have found meditation to be an effective way to both slow the erosion of telomeres and repair and re-lengthen them. In fact, Elizabeth Hoge from Harvard University found that people who meditate have longer telomeres, and possibly longer lives . Theories differ as to how exactly meditation boosts telomere growth, but more than likely it has something to do with the fact that meditation simply reduces stress.
Everyone ages, some quicker than others, depending on the amount of stress they are regularly managing. Come lengthen your life with Hot 8 Yoga’s new Invigor8 Meditation practice Monday through Friday after your favorite morning classes!
See you on the mat!