Yoga and meditation reduce stress and risk for various diseases, improve well-being and re-wired brain. But there are a number of experiments that support these claims. A study published in Biological Psychiatry shows that mindfulness meditation can change the minds of ordinary people and possibly improve their health. Researchers say that yoga and meditation can curb the need for shared health services by almost 50%. Regular practice of both of you can limit health costs to yoga classes, healthy eating and occasional homeopathy.
A study finds that elevating the physiological state of deep rest or a relaxation response can help relieve stress and anxiety as well as affect heart rate and blood pressure (BP). This study also reveals that programs that train patients to raise the relaxation response can also dramatically reduce health use. Such programs can improve well-being and may alleviate the burden on our healthcare delivery systems at minimal cost and without real risk. This study was conducted by the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute for Technology Evaluation and the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI).
Mindfulness meditation requires “an open and non-judgmental awareness, of your experience in the present moment,” says Jay David Cresswell, associate professor of psychology and director at Carnegie Mellon University.
In some studies some participants receive treatment while others receive a placebo. People get different treatment while they think they are getting the same treatment. For many years yoga and meditation have been used as a daily way of life to improve health and wellness. Both have been used for thousands of years in the East and have become increasingly popular in the Western world. People want to be healthy but are unaware and uneducated how they can change their lifestyle to health. Yoga, prayer and meditation make you health conscious.
The study first recruited thirty-five unemployed people who were looking for work and experiencing high levels of stress. Brain scans were given and blood was drawn. Half of the people taught formal mindfulness meditation and half taught imaginary mindfulness meditation that focused on relaxation and distraction from stress. The first group noticed the body sensations and the second group ignored their bodies and encouraged them to chat cracking jokes.
After three days the brain scans showed differences only in the mindfulness meditation group. All participants told researchers they felt fresher and more able to withstand the pressure. After 4 months the first group showed much lower levels of unhealthy inflammation in the blood compared to the second group. Yoga and meditation offer an opportunity to connect. It can improve our health system and also improve our quality of life. Here it is not clear how much awareness is needed for health improvement and they have no idea about the ideal time.