anti aging meditation techniques

Yes, it is possible to use meditation for anti aging.

Let’s be honest. Everyone above the age of thirty wants to look younger. So here is the good news: you can use anti-aging meditation techniques to look and feel young and to slow the aging process.

As a meditation teacher, many people ask me “Can meditation slow aging”. I confidently answer yes because I have seen both myself and my students look and feel more youthful by meditating. I always notice a younger attitude in the people I teach, as though they are more playful and less stressed, and you can see that on their faces. There are also benefits of anti-aging yoga for seniors.

I’m very passionate about natural healing and spiritual health. And even though I do have a few wrinkles on my face, I do believe that meditation makes you look younger. I believe it is the best way to look young and feel young. Best of all, unlike cosmetic surgery and beauty products, mindfulness is safe. Scientific research shows that there is indeed a link between meditation and anti aging.

We all have two different age: the chronological age (for instance, I’m 38), and our biological age. But these two need not necessarily be the same. You can turn back your biological clock.

The scientific link between meditation and anti aging

It’s a well-known fact that the Buddha lived to the age of 80. And he lived in the 5th Century BCE, when the average age for death was under 40. That’s the equivalent of you or I living to the age of 150.

How did Buddha do this? Largely through meditation

Science has revealed that meditation makes you age slower. It’s because of the effect meditation has on telomeres.

Telomeres are protein caps on the end of each chromosome in your body. These shorten naturally as we age until the point where the cell can no longer divide anymore. This increases aging in the body and is associated with age-related diseases, including high blood pressure and heart problems.

One of the main reasons why telomeres shorten quicker is because of stress. And this is why meditation makes you live longer because it reduces stress and slows the rate of telomere division.

One study [1] published by Spanish researchers showed that experienced Zen meditators have longer-than-average telomeres and longer lifespans.  The study showed that Zen meditators have on average 10% longer telomeres than the average person. The researchers state that the reasons for the longer telomeres is primarily due to an increase in self-compassion and a decrease in stress. The researchers also state that mindfulness (mindfully accepting emotions, memories and thoughts) has a positive effect of life longevity. Contrastingly, avoiding your problems and avoiding emotions appears to reduce life expectancy.

You might wonder whether these benefits are just for monks who have spent half their life meditating. Can you get the same results as a beginner meditator? Actually, yes, science suggests you can.

A 2013 study [3] showed that practicing 15 minutes of meditation has immediate effects on genes and increased activity in the genes that create telomeres and reduced activity in genes involved in inflammation and stress.

And this isn’t the only effect of meditation on aging, either.

There are many more benefits of meditation for aging.

 Stops wrinkles so skin looks younger

Meditation deactivates the NF-kB skin gene, which is the gene of inflammation that causes wrinkles. In a 2009 study, dermatologist Dr. Howard Chang reversed the aging process in mice and completely changed the appearance of their skin. He did this by applying a concoction that deactivated the Nf-kB protein. This caused the rats’ skin to become thicker and firmer, which removed the wrinkles.

meditation and anti aging

A UCLA study in 2013 [4] then revealed that meditation reduced activity of the NF-kB gene that causes wrinkles.

I can say from personal experience that after I had been meditating for many months I definitely noticed that my skin looked much clearer and youthful, and I do personally believe that this is because I meditate every day and had far less stress in my life. You might also note that many celebrities who meditate look decades younger, like Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen.

Increases collagen

Collagen and elastin are proteins that reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  The stress hormone cortisol, however, breaks down elastin and collagen, effectively killing our defence against wrinkles. This is why stress makes you look older.  Meditation is well known to reduce stress, and numerous studies [including a 2013 study at UC-Davis and Rutgers University] showed that meditation reduces cortisol by up to 50%.

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Makes Hair Look Younger

Not only can meditation makes you age slower and reduce wrinkles on your face, it also has a positive effect on your hair.

Improved circulation means more oxygen carried through the blood to nourish hair cells.

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If you suffer from hair problems, there is a very good chance meditation will help. I’ve written a separate article about this. You can read my guide to using yoga and meditation and yoga for better hair / face here.

So, clearly there are lots of reasons to start doing anti-aging meditation techniques. So how do you do them. Let me show you.

Best Meditations For Anti Aging Properties  

1. Start by stopping stress

The number one cause of accelerated ageing is stress. And yeah, I know, it is hard as hell to stop stress these days. Thankfully, you can use my guide to stopping stress with meditation.

Stress has a massive impact on every single part of our health, and especially on the aging process. It increases cortisol that wrinkles your skin, and it ages your mind too.

If you want to look younger, start by using meditation to stop the stress in your life. Also adopt a more stress-free lifestyle.

Some particular methods that I personally find beneficial are:

2. Practice Zen  

Scientific research has specific pinpointed Zen meditation as one of the best anti-aging meditation techniques.

Zen monks have been proven to have shorter telomeres and higher life expectancy specific because they practice meditation. And I don’t know about you, buy every time I see a Zen monk they seem to have less wrinkles than the rest of us.

Zen meditation is also ideal for beginners, so if you’re new to meditation and want to reduce the effects of aging, give Zen meditation a shot. You can combine it with Zen walking for extra benefits.

3. Practice Loving Kindness Meditation

Loving Kindness Meditation (Metta) is a Buddhist meditation technique that is all about generating thoughts and feelings of compassion and love for yourself and for others.

Studies have revealed a direct link between self love and the aging process. People with higher levels of self love age slower. That’s partly because they are more likely to live healthy lifestyles such as by not smoking and not drinking. And it’s also because self love boosts positivity and reduces stress, leading to a decrease in chemicals that cause accelerated aging.

4. If you want to look young and more attractive…

Not only meditation help you to avoid the numerous health problems of aging, meditation makes you more attractive.

Sounds weird, right? But think about it. Meditation makes you more relaxed and more confident (both of which are sexy). It improves your posture so you stand taller and look leaner. And has positive effects on your skin and hair.

If you want to use meditation to stop aging visually, focus on relaxing meditation techniques. These will reduce the effects of stress and make you feel more relaxed and more confident, which will make you appear even more attractive than you already are.

5. Use mindfulness exercises like tai chi

There are tons of amazing anti-aging benefits of exercises like Tai Chi.

In my experience, tai chi and similar mindfulness-based movement exercises like Qi Gong are some of the best anti-aging meditation techniques, for a few reasons.

To start with, these movement meditations help you to learn to move your body in better ways.  This reduces the effects of arthritis and helps reduce stress on your joints.

They also help to slow the mind down and to get you into that Zen state of mind so you’re more relaxed. That can have a profound effect on stress levels and help prevent the age-related conditions associated with stress. They can also help you age gracefully.

 

 

Summary

Remember, you’re only as old as you feel, and with meditation you can make yourself feel young.

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SOURCES:

1: Zen meditation, Length of Telomeres, and the Role of Experiential Avoidance and Compassion Marta Alda, Marta Puebla-Guedea, Baltasar Rodero, Marcelo Demarzo, Jesus Montero-Marin, Miquel Roca, and Javier Garcia-Campayo, Springer Mindfulness, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4859856/

2: The Anti-Aging Impact of Meditation, Dr. Thiago Freire, Associate Professor & Lecturer, University Of Moscow PFUR, Anti-Aging Medicine, Head of Product Development and EMK Research, WSIMag, https://wsimag.com/wellness/35256-the-anti-aging-impact-of-meditation

3: Study reveals gene expression changes with meditation,  Jill Sakai, University of Michigan, https://news.wisc.edu/study-reveals-gene-expression-changes-with-meditation/

4: Yogic Meditation Reverses NF-κB and IRF-related Transcriptome Dynamics in Leukocytes of Family Dementia Caregivers in a Randomized Controlled Trial, David S Black 1, Steve W Cole, Michael R Irwin, Elizabeth Breen, Natalie M St Cyr, Nora Nazarian, Dharma S Khalsa, Helen Lavretsky,  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22795617/


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