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Reprogramming Inflammation with Meditation

We know that over time chronic, imperceptible, low-level inflammation can contribute to serious, age-related diseases including heart disease, cancer and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. A new study from the University of Wisconsin shows that meditation can actually affect the genes that cause inflammation. Researchers measured the effects of a day of intensive mindfulness meditation in a group of experienced mediators and compared them with those of quiet, non-meditative activities by a group of untrained volunteers. After eight hours of meditation, the researchers found altered levels of gene-regulating compounds and reduced activity levels of the pro-inflammatory genes in the experienced meditators. These changes were correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation, the investigators explained. They reported that these findings are the first to show that mediation can inhibit production of proteins by some genes that cause inflammation and noted that at the study’s outset there were no differences in the genes tested in both groups. They also reported that the positive changes were seen in genes that are the targets of anti-inflammatory and pain killing drugs.

Source:
Perla Kaliman et al, “Rapid changes in histone deacetylases and inflammatory gene expression in expert meditators”. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 40, 96–107

Tai Chi – Left & Right Holding Tai Chi Ball (Video)

Tai chi expert Barry Brownstein demonstrates the "Left and Right, Holding Tai Chi Ball" movement. Begin this movement by entering a meditative state. Visit Barry's website for more information.

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Tai Chi – Meditative Movement (Video)

Tai chi expert Barry Brownstein demonstrates the Meditative Movement and how to enter the meditative state. This is often the first tai chi movement a practitioner will make before transitioning into other movements or postures. Learn how to enter the meditative state for practicing tai chi and continue on with other tai chi movements.

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Tai Chi – How to Enter the Meditative State (Video)

Tai chi is a Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and health benefits. Tai chi expert Barry Brownstein demonstrates how to prepare for this practice by entering the meditative state. Follow along and see how the practice of tai chi is based around this vital preparatory step.

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Meditating on a Hillside with Thich Nhat Hanh

By Dianna Bonny “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” Thich Nhat Hanh I am excited to share how the simple act of saying yes landed me on a hillside, meditating two feet away from a