Stress is a known major contributory factor in many disease processes affecting us in modern society – from heart disease and cancer to anxiety, depression, addictions, sleep and relationship problems, degeneration and cellular ageing.

Stress appears to influence the rate of telomere shortening, which is now being recognised as an important indicator or marker of the ageing process. Telomeres are microscopic caps that protect the ends of our chromosomes. These little collections of DNA are involved in a vitally important process of cellular division that helps our bodies to function normally.

Each time a cell divides we lose a portion of this telomere cap, which in turn becomes shorter. When the telomere shortening reaches a certain critical length, cell division ceases. Whilst the cell remains alive it can’t renew itself and the ability to function slows or ends completely. These effects of shortened telomeres are known to cause disease normally associated with ageing.


As a result scientists have been looking for ways telomeres from shrinking. So far the best has shown to be lifestyle changes and the top of this list is stress management. More stress means shorter telomeres, which in turn creates less effective cells throughout the body. Simply put, cells become old before their time as a result of repeated bouts of unmanaged stress.

Stress management techniques range from recreation, exercise to meditation, yoga and breathing practices. Clearly changing ones perspective via meditation, yoga and breathing practices is an important consideration to reversing the ageing process.


This is an important aspect of stress management and general wellbeing. Specific body postures are used to support physical, mental and emotional health alongside breathing techniques, which help to increase the flow of ‘prana’ or life force to the mind and the uptake of oxygen to the vital organs. These practices enhance the effect of other treatments and are essential for self-maintenance.

Because this is a technique being taught to you for self-practice it is important to follow the series of three sessions offered.


Vedic meditation is a natural, simple and easy to learn technique with immediate benefits and has been demonstrated to significantly reduce stress.

The deep rest gained from Vedic meditation balances the right and left hemisphere of the brain, which in turn harmonises the nervous system. This leads to improved health on both physical and mental levels. People who meditate on a regular basis feel more relaxed, happier, fulfilled and are more productive.

A course of three, one-hour Vedic meditation sessions over the period of seven to ten days provides a sound understanding of the technique and allows an opportunity to experience this process.

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