Two new studies reinforce that mindfulness meditation can help not just to fight stress but also maintain a healthy and balanced immune system. Time to work on my meditation practice!
Category: yoga immunity
Meditation for a healthy immune system – plain language summary
Here’s a cool study to wrap the year up: evidence of changes in gene expression following an intense meditation retreat. … More
Can yoga help live better with rheumatoid arthritis?
What we know from the research is that practicing yoga is linked with reducing the levels of molecules that drive inflammation, aka an ‘excessive’ immune reaction. But does that translate to an actual improvement in disease activity?
How stress messes up your immune system (and where yoga fits in)
Stress really fucks up the immune system in various different ways. Yoga’s positive effects on our immunity are likely due to its effects on our stress levels.
Does yoga really support a healthy immune system?
Ever since I wrote the blog post on yoga perpetuating the appeal to nature fallacy, I’ve been a little paranoid … More
Forever young with yoga?
If inflammation determines our biological age, and if yoga helps to control unnecessary inflammation, could yoga also help to keep us young?
What do depression, inflammation and yoga have in common?
If you were to ask me what was the one thing I learned in the past year that blew my … More
Living with rheumatoid arthritis – could yoga help? (plain language summary)
You probably know at least one if not multiple people with autoimmune disease, whether that’s type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease or rheumatoid arthritis (also called RA). All of these are conditions where the immune system has gotten ‘confused’ about what is self and what is non-self, and starts attacking the body, whether that’s the pancreas (diabetes), the gut (Crohn’s disease) or the joints (RA). Could yoga help?
Is yoga community good for our immunity?
Here’s an interesting question: how much of the benefit of yoga on our mental health and our immunity is due … More
Yoga in the time of COVID-19
Could yoga and other mind-body practices help during the pandemic?
Stress, gene expression, inflammation – and where yoga may fit in
Mind–body practices like yoga, tai chi and mindfulness meditation cause changes in gene expression that damper inflammation – which may help to keep the immune system in balance.
Adventures in fascia – and how stretching may resolve inflammation (plain language summary)
With fascia also including the immune system, could there be immune benefits to working with the fascia?