Research

Over the last 35 years hundreds of studies have been done on mindfulness meditation and its effects on our health.  The practice of meditation that is over 2500 years old is just now beginning to gain traction in the West as a way to live a more meaningful, healthy and happy life. Click on the links below to access the research studies that bear out the benefits of meditation, yoga and living mindfully. Currently, over 700 hospitals in the U.S. are using some form of mindfulness training in their healing regimens and as part of outpatient follow up. Many more individual health care providers, counselors, teachers, and business professionals are using it to help their patients, clients, students and employees reduce stress, improve work and learning environments and improve productivity, reduce workplace accidents, raise morale, boost test scores and attendance, and increase health. Mindfulness training is also being introduced to veterans who are dealing with war induced issues, and correctional facilities are using it for prisoner rehabilitation.  In both populations, there have been very promising results.  
Meditation Literally Changes Your Brain. 7 Ways Meditation Actually Changes Your Brain. Forbes, Feb. 9, 2015 Read More
Alterations in Brain and Immune Function Produced by Mindfulness Meditation 8-week MBSR class produces demonstrable effects on brain and immune function. JAMA, July-Aug 2003 Read More  
8 Weeks to a Better Brain Meditation study shows changes associated with awareness, stress. Harvard Gazette, January, 2011 Read More    
How Meditation Can Help Protect the Body after Cancer Practicing mindfulness meditation or being involved in a social support group causes positive cellular changes in breast cancer survivors. Huffington Post, November, 2014 Read More    

"MBSR provided practical tools to help me to improve communication, manage stress, and provoked positive changes to my own well being."

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"I would definitely recommend this course. The effect of the meditation, yoga, recordings and discussion had a profound positive effect on my feeling of being able to manage my stress. 
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