Meditation & Yoga News

Mindfulness Reduces the Way Stress Affects the Brain

February 13th, 2015
For the last decade numerous studies have shown that mindfulness training can improve a variety of mental and physical health problems. Scientists, however, were unable to explain how the meditation technique actually worked. New research resolves the question by positing that mindfulness ...

Meditation May Slow Mental Aging

February 6th, 2015
The good news is that people are living longer, the not so good news is that many people experience mental decline as they grow older. So although people might be living longer, the years they gain often come with increased risks ...

Meditation Shown to Alter Gray Matter in Brain

January 24th, 2015
Meditating for just eight weeks has been shown to alter the brain’s gray matter, which may be at least part of the reason why practitioners experience significant improvements in memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress, according to a new study led ...

Yoga May Benefit Heart as Much as Aerobics

December 31st, 2014
New research reveals that the ancient mind-body practice of yoga may provide the same benefits for your heart as traditional types of aerobic exercise, such as biking or brisk walking. The similarity of yoga and exercise's effect on cardiovascular risk factors, according to the ...

Research Fails to Support Mindfulness as Weight Loss Technique

December 12th, 2014
A new review finds that there is little documented evidence that mindfulness leads to weight loss. Ohio State University researchers analyzed 19 studies that promoted the effectiveness of mindfulness-based programs for weight loss. Although 13 of the studies documented weight loss among participants ...

Group Mindfulness Treatment Found As Effective as CBT

November 29th, 2014
A new study has found that group mindfulness treatment is as effective as individual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in patients with depression and anxiety. The study was conducted at 16 primary health care centers in Skåne, a county in southern Sweden. Researchers from ...

Mindfulness + Cognitive Therapy = Less Prenatal Depression Risk

November 20th, 2014
Mindfulness techniques combined with cognitive therapy have been shown to reduce the risk of depression relapse among pregnant women. Mindfulness approaches include meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga while cognitive therapy challenges and alters maladaptive thoughts and feelings. University of Colorado, Boulder researchers found pregnant ...

Meditation, Support Groups Shown to Impact Cell Biology in Cancer Survivors

November 4th, 2014
Canadian researchers say they have proof that practicing mindfulness meditation or being involved in a support group has a positive physical impact at the cellular level in breast cancer survivors. Investigators from the Alberta Health Services' Tom Baker Cancer Centre discovered that telomeres ...

Mindfulness Tied to Better Physical Health

October 24th, 2014
New research suggests being aware of and paying attention to what you are thinking and feeling in the moment is associated with better health. While the practice of mindfulness has received considerable attention for relieving stress and depression, the new study discovers physical ...

New Research Shows Yoga and Meditation Boost Brain Power

October 5th, 2014
A new study shows that people who practice yoga and meditation over the long term can learn to control a computer with their minds faster and better than people with little or no yoga or meditation experience. For their study, biomedical engineers at ...