A number of researchers have linked meditation practices to positive psychological and health outcomes.
More recent studies have found that meditation practices improve well-being, including physiological, neuroendocrine, immune and genomic changes.
A study by the University of California examined the relationship between psychological improvements and biological changes after mediation.
Thirty-eight individuals (mean age: 34.8 years old) participated in a 3-month yoga and meditation retreat.
Participants were assessed before and after the intervention for psychometric measures, brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), circadian salivary cortisol levels, and pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines.
Participation in the retreat group was found to be associated with decreases in self-reported anxiety and depression as well as increases in mindfulness.
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