In this section of The Daily Meditation we cover all the latest scientific research on meditation, mindfulness, and yoga, including their benefits, risks, and more.

This scientific research section is updated regularly, so check back for more news.

Latest Scientific Research on Meditation, Mindfulness & Yoga

Tai Chi For Immune System & COVID-19: Research Reveals Benefits

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June 30th—New research highlights significant benefits of Qigong and tai chi for immune system functioning and prevention and survival from COVID-19. Qigong and tai chi help immune system functioning Qigong and tai chi do not reduce inflammation Qigong and tai chi could potentially help in preventing COVID-19 The events of 2020 have left health officials searching for ways to advise individuals to improve their health and well-being without requiring professional aid. Numerous studies in the past have suggested that there may be benefits of qigong and tai chi for immune system functioning and for the reduction of inflammation. Plus, as…

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Benefits of Dispositional (Trait) Mindfulness For Health

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Ohio, U.S. –New research has revealed significant benefits of trait, or dispositional, mindfulness for health, sleep, and other aspects of wellbeing. Mindfulness is the state of being consciously aware in the present moment. There are two forms of mindfulness. The first is the traditional Buddhist meditation called mindfulness, which is a technical form of meditation. This method is also called “State mindfulness”. Dispositional mindfulness, or “trait” mindfulness, is the general quality of being consciously aware and without judgment. It is not a specific exercise but rather the mental characteristic of mindfulness. To compare dispositional mindfulness VS state mindfulness, we can…

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Mindfulness Meditation for Schizophrenia Disorders

Berlin, Germany—New research from the University of Berlin reveals benefits of mindfulness meditation for schizophrenia disorder. New research conducted by the University of Berlin and the Centre for Mental Health at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, shows mindfulness meditation can help with schizophrenia disorder. Researchers created an interview guide to help people with schizophrenia to self-assess their symptoms before and after a mindfulness intervention. Twenty-seven interviews were conducted between September 2017 and October 2018. Participants were asked to rate themselves on symptoms such as “detachment and rumination”, “presence and getting lost”, “non-judgment and judgment”, and effects with…

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Virtual Mindfulness Community Helps Depression, Anxiety [Research]

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  Over the past few years, we’ve seen the rise of many mindfulness communities around the world, with notable mindful communities in Toronto, Houston, New Orleans and other cities, and some specialising in communities for blacks and women. New scientific research reveals big benefits of mindfulness community intervention for stress, anxiety, and depression, and especially for university students. It’s no surprise, but we are currently in the midst of a mental health crisis, made worse by the current pandemic. This has led to a rise in stress, anxiety and depression. And many of the sources of help that people turn…

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Mindful Hypnotherapy For Stress—Research Reveals Benefits

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Waco, Texas, U.S—New research by Baylor University reveals benefits of mindful hypnotherapy for stress. Research conducted by Baylor University in Waco, Texas and published by International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, shows positive results of using mindful hypnotherapy for stress. Mindfulness is the practice of focusing the mind on the present moment without judgment. Researcher Gary Elkins, Ph.D. [director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory, Baylor University] says “It can help people cope with stress, but can require months of practice and training.” Hypnotherapy is a “type of alternative medicine in which hypnosis is used to create a state…

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Daily Meditation And Anxiety: Scientific Breakthrough Has You Sorted
Research shows that 13 minutes a day and eight weeks of meditation reduces anxiety significantly.

Daily Meditation And Anxiety: Scientific Breakthrough Has You Sorted

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There’s a direct link between daily meditation and anxiety, as well as cognitive functioning, according to research published in the journal Behavioural Brain Research. If you have ever wondered how long you need to meditate for to reduce anxiety symptoms, the answer appears to be once a day for 8 weeks. Research On Daily Meditation And Anxiety Eight weeks of daily meditation and anxiety begins to lessen [READ: Best Mediation Techniques For Anxiety]. Not only this, but cognitive functioning improves, including improvements in working memory, recognition memory, and mood. Even if you have never meditated before, the research shows that…

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Mindfulness And Forgiveness: New Research Shows Crucial Link

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New scientific research reveals a pivotal link between mindfulness and forgiveness. Research published in the journal Emotion shows that people who practice mindfulness are more able to forgive, and that mindfulness can be a therapeutic treatment for people who are struggling to forgive others. The benefits of forgiveness are well documented. They include the facts that forgiveness improves relationships, reduces stress, improves blood pressure, and helps to alleviate the symptoms of depression, according to the MayoClinic. For thousands of years spiritual systems have advocated the importance of forgiveness, from passage of The Bible that discuss the spiritual importance of forgiveness,…

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Big Benefits Mean Doctors Will Prescribe Mind Body Medicine
Yogic interventions inclusing asanas, meditation and yogic massage are all part of mind body medicine

Big Benefits Mean Doctors Will Prescribe Mind Body Medicine

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Boston U.S—Citing the significant benefits of mind-body medicine, researchers recommend yoga, meditation, and other practice become a core component of medicine.   Researchers from the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI) for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and from UC Davis Health, published a new perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine suggesting that mind-body medicine should be used as a core component of healthcare.“Mind-Body Medicine” refers to the use of holistic health practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, and pilates. The key benefits of mind-body medicine include stress reduction, relief from the symptoms of numerous health conditions, and improved…

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Mindfulness Meditation For IBS: Research Reveals Benefits
Mindfulness meditation helps reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome

Mindfulness Meditation For IBS: Research Reveals Benefits

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New research published in the journal Neurogastroenterology & Motility reveals there are big benefits of mindfulness meditation for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder, affecting between 10% to 15% of people. It’s a disorder that causes abdominal cramping, pain, bloating diarrhea, constipation and gas. It is not life-threatening, but can be a serious issue. Many people with IBS stop working, give up travelling, and often withdraw from society. It can also cause depression and anxiety. Many people search for a natural way to stop IBS. And mindfulness meditation can help,…

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Research Says It’s The Best Meditation App For Anxiety

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Providence, Rhode Island, U.S—Research from Brown University suggests this could be the best meditation app for anxiety. Amid the uncertainty of COVID-19, many people are searching for the best apps for anxiety. Mindfulness apps often come top of the bunch, with applications like Headspace and Calm pulling in millions of dollars last year, and rising.   But the best meditation app for anxiety may not be one of the big names. Instead it may be a more moderately sized app called Unwinding Anxiety, which is available for smartphones on both iOS and Android platforms. A fascinating study from Brown University…

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Meditation For School Stress: Breaking Research Reveals Huge Benefits
The research highlights the benefits of just a few weeks meditation for school stress

Meditation For School Stress: Breaking Research Reveals Huge Benefits

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Massachusetts, U.S—Research by MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research highlights benefits of meditation for school stress. [READ: Meditation For Stress] A neuroscience study conducted by MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research has shown that mindfulness meditation reduces stress in schools. A school-based mindfulness intervention can significantly reduce perceived stress and modulate brain activity in the brain region associate with fear. Perceived stress is the individual’s perception of how much stress they are under at a specific time. Study Highlights Importance Of Meditation For School Stress Clemens C.C. Bauer [study author, postdoctoral associate, MIT] told THE DAILY MEDITATION that the research…

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Developing Mindfulness Skills Is Natural As We Age, Says Research
Research shows that developing mindfulness skills is a natural part of aging

Developing Mindfulness Skills Is Natural As We Age, Says Research

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Adelaide, Australia—New research from Flinders University shows that developing mindfulness is a natural part of aging.   Getting old usually brings with it many challenges, but one benefit of aging, according to Flinders University, is that we natural develop mindfulness skills. [READ: Mindfulness For Beginners] Healthy aging researchers state that when we compare older people to younger people, one of the key differences is that older people exhibit increased mindfulness. Mindfulness, the state of being consciously aware of the present moment and without judgment, naturally grows as we age. This would seem to explain why older people are less reactive…

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Science Reveals Best Meditations for Coronavirus Anxiety

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New research published Tuesday reveals big benefits of mindfulness and compassion-meditation for coronavirus anxiety. [READ: Yoga / Meditation for coronavirus] If you are one of the millions of people currently suffering from corona-virus related anxiety, you may wonder what to do about it. The threat to our health, combined with the constant barrage of news and self isolation, all add up to make this one very anxious time. Thankfully, meditation can help [READ: Meditation For Anxiety]. Using meditation to stop coronavirus anxiety Science has recently revealed that arguably the best meditation for coronavirus anxiety is Loving Kindness Meditation. Loving Kindness…

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Use Yoga To Improve Male Fertility, Says New Research
Research shows we can use yoga to improve male fertility

Use Yoga To Improve Male Fertility, Says New Research

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New research has proven that is indeed possible to use yoga to improve male fertility. What Science Says About Using Yoga To Improve Male Fertility A study conducted by Hyderabad, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, has shown that yoga improves male fertility and by heightening the quality of sperm. Because of the proven scientific benefits of yoga, yoga is now being touted as an alternative to traditional medicine, along with other practices such as Ayurveda. Adding to that list of benefits is new  research that highlights th benefits of yoga…

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Coping With Coronavirus Anxiety? Harvard Advises This

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To the millions of people are coping with coronavirus anxiety: Harvard has advice for you. Harvard Medical School published a guide this week that offer various ways in which students can cope with coronavirus anxiety. Yoga comes to of the list, along with meditation [READ: Meditation For Anxiety]. What Harvard Says About Coping With Coronavirus Anxiety Jon Sharp, MD., published the guide on the Harvard Medical School website on March 12 to share a list of the best methods for coping with coronavirus anxiety, and yoga and meditation top the bill. [READ: Yoga / Meditation for coronavirus] It has been…

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Big Benefits Of Meditation For Employee Teamwork, Says New Research

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 New research has surfaced that revealed big benefits of meditation for employee teambuilding, especially when it comes to tackling complex tasks that require input from multiple people. As a business owner or manager, you understand how important it is to get your team working as one harmonious unit. It’s only by fostering an agile, cross-functional team that the company is able to complete complex tasks that involve numerous employees working on different aspects of the same project. As a manager or business owner you probably search continuously for strategies and tips to improve teamwork in the company. New research by…

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Breakthrough Study Reveals Impact of Mindfulness on Eating Disorders

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A new study has revealed the staggering impact of mindfulness on eating disorders. There are more than 30 million people in the U.S who suffer from some form of eating disorder. And every 62 minutes one person dies as a result of it. Indeed, eating disorders have the highest death rate of any mental illness, and effect 13% of women in the U.S. An eating disorder is an illness characterised by irregular eating habits and concerns or distress about body shape or weight. The disorder results in unhealthy eating habits, usually characterised by eating excessive or inadequate food. Mindfulness is…

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Big Benefits of Yoga for School Anxiety, Says New Study

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A new study by has revealed the staggering effect of yoga on student’s anxiety in school. The rate of stress and anxiety among children and teens is increasing, especially at school. The rate of growth in anxiety is fueled largely by pressure at school, bullying, and the impact of social media. Increasingly we are seeing the need to equip kids and teens with tools to handle stress and anxiety in school. And one of those tools is yoga. An experimental study by Dr. Sarita Goswami [Associate prof, IIMT University, Meerut] has revealed significant benefits of yoga for student’s with anxiety.…

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Mindfulness Helps Prevent Addiction Relapse, Says New Study

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A new study has shown that mindfulness helps prevent addiction relapse. [READ: Meditation For Cravings] Addiction is recognised as a disease that has a debilitating effect on the suffering, causing everything from depression and anxiety to social problems. Many people with addictions struggle to quit in the first place. The nightmare that often happens, however, is that even when someone is successful in quitting addictions they eventually experience a challenge in life that causes them to relapse. This happened to me, myself, when I quit smoking only to later relapse when my father died. Under certain circumstances, the temptation to…

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Quick Exercise In Mindfulness Makes Pain And Negativity Disappear

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New research conducted by Yale, Columbia and Dartmouth shows that even a very brief introduction to mindfulness helps with pain management and negative emotions. The effect of mindfulness on pain management is so extreme that even when test participants were subjected to high heat on their arms they responded as though nothing at all was happening. Yale’s Hedy Kober, associate professor of psychiatry and psychology and corresponding author of the paper, stated, “It’s as if the brain was responding to warm temperature, not very high heat.” The study was published in the journal Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience. On January…

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