Similar to yoga, mediation provides a safe, and structured time to relieve stress. Studies show that a regular practice of meditation is even more effective than yoga at lowering the markers of inflammation that damage cells, and cause aging.
For example, one marker of stress (IL-6) that is elevated in response to sleep deprivation, in situations of high anxiety, and in individuals with financial problems, has been found to be much lower in people who regularly practice meditation, than those who practice yoga. Researchers suggest that meditation is so effective for stress reduction because the yogic breathing that accompanies it helps to clear stress hormones, and elevate the body’s antioxidant system that is driven by glutathione.
Meditation provides a scheduled time for mental stress reduction, but it also allows people who practice it to develop active skills for reducing stress when they encounter it regularly in daily life. Evidence suggests that best results with yoga as well as meditation for stress reduction will come from a planned practice of at least a few days a week.
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