Indianapolis Edition

Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation

More Effective at Reducing Stress

PopTika/Shutterstock.com

Scientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resort’s meditation program.

Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response.

One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise.


This article appears in the August 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Routes for Overcoming Cancer

Published in May, Maria Celeste Provenzano Cook’s new book, "What I Did to Heal Through Cancer, Chemotherapy and Radiation," shares tools for bringing the body into balance through both holistic and medical methods.

Unique Ways to Grow Special Needs Kids into Enabled Adults

Local centers in Indianapolis provide programs and support for assisting the development of autistic children, young adults and adults.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Classes Return

An eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class designed to help decrease stress and improve health and well-being will once again be taught by Scott Sweet, LCSW, LCAC this fall.

Summer Cooking Classes for Adults

Healthy cooking classes and tips are being offered this month at the Glendale Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library in conjunction with the Adult Summer Reading initiative and Glendale’s Seed Library program.

Cumberland Arts Goes to Market

Cumberland Arts is partnering with the town of Cumberland Farmers’ Market to host the ninth annual arts, crafts, and music festival, A Celebration of Art and Community, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 19 at Cumberland Town Hall.

Add your comment:

NA Indianapolis May 2017 Promotion