When an individual goes on a meditation retreat, it is usually on a relaxing resort-like environment far from the daily grind. An individual certainly needs a vacation from the stress of daily life, from the pressure of meeting deadlines and dealing with angry customers. According to Dr. Eric Schadt, founding director of Icahn Institute of Genomics And Multiscale Biology at Mt. Sinai, New York, a relaxing vacation will allow the body to get out of its defensive posture and to reduce stress which affects the state of the cells involved in the immune system.
In a new study, researchers measured gene activity, blood markers and reported wellbeing of 102 women with ages between 30 to 60 during a vacation in the relaxing environment of La Costa Retreat and Spa in Carlsbad, California. Some of the women were asked to participate in meditation and yoga retreat while the rest simply enjoyed the resort without undertaking yoga and meditation training.
One third of the women participants had past experience in retreats and regular meditation while the rest had no history in meditating. Half of those with zero experience in meditation were randomly assigned to yoga/meditation programs while the other half were randomly assigned to vacation only. Blood samples were taken before and after the retreat and the women were asked to report any symptoms of depression, stress, vitality and mindfulness on day 5, after 1 month and 10 months later.
Scores for psychological wellbeing improved for all the three groups by day 5 and one month later. Gene expression changes and aging biomarkers from the blood samples also showed significant improvements for all the groups at the completion of the retreat. It was also found out that there were benefits gained from simply being on vacation. Those who were regular meditators exhibited higher telomerase, an enzyme that repairs and fortifies chromosome tips.
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