The One Trick That (Naturally) Got Rid Of My Grays & Made Me Feel Years Younger

Photo: Emily Fletcher

It’s 2017, and let’s face it: When it comes to skin care, we have access to the world's most advanced external tools. We are so excited by the creams and the serums, the oils and the lotions, the lights and the exfoliation. But what if I told you that there's an internal tool you probably haven’t tried yet, and it can make your body feel and look 15 years younger?

It might sound crazy, but it's not. I’m talking about meditation, and more and more studies have come out heralding its ability to reverse your brain's and body's age. We all have two ages: our chronological age—the number on our birthday cakes—and our biological age, which is measured by blood pressure, auditory performance, and visual performance. It’s essentially how old the body acts and feels.

Now, we don’t have any control over our chronological age, but our biological age? That we can do something about. Let's discuss.

Stress turned my hair gray when I was only 26.

Before I became a meditation teacher, I was on Broadway. My last gig was as an understudy for three of the leading roles, meaning I went onstage at a moment’s notice. It was so stressful that I started going gray at the tender age of 26, and I had been plagued with insomnia for over 18 months.

But on the first day of my first meditation course, I slept through the night—and I have every night since. That was 10 years ago! Soon after that, I also stopped getting sick, I stopped getting injured, and I was even able to reverse my grays. Now, at 38 years old, they are still nowhere in sight. It was amazing to see and feel this all happening for me, but I never get tired of hearing that a student got similar results.

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How meditation actually reverses your biological age.

While the benefits of meditation are seemingly endless—better sex, sleep, energy, and parking karma, to name a few—what I want to dive into is the science behind how meditation actually reverses your body age.

We all know that stress is bad for us, but I’m here to break the really bad news: Doctors are calling stress the "black plague" of our century! Chronic stress can lead to any number of psychological and physical problems, and your skin is not immune to stress. Case in point: There’s an entirely new, cutting-edge field called psychodermatology that focuses solely on the connection between human emotions and the health of our skin.

So, what does meditation have to do with it? When we get stressed out, the body produces acid to shut down digestion. That same acid seeps onto your skin, which accelerates aging and breaks down skin elasticity. There is a reason why your yoga teacher looks younger than her age. Meditation is the most powerful stress-relieving tool we have. And the beautiful part about it is that once you have some training in a style you love, your body can perform at the top of its game.

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Emily Fletcher

Founder of Ziva Meditation
Emily Fletcher is the founder of Ziva Meditation, the world's first online meditation training. Ziva's mission is to make meditation attractive and accessible to modern people who are ready to up-level their performance and their life. Recently featured in the New York Times and regarded as one of the leading experts in Vedic meditation, Emily has been invited by companies like Google, Barclays Bank, Viacom, Chanel, Coca-Cola, and sweetgreen to help up-level company performance through meditation.Emily has had the honor of speaking at Summit Series, Awesomeness Fest, and the Omega Center. She began her nine years of training in Rishikesh, India, and was inspired to teach after experiencing the profound physical and mental benefits meditation provided her during her 10-year career on Broadway, which included roles in Chicago, The Producers, and A Chorus Line. With her high-performance background and intensive meditation training, Emily is perfectly suited to teach busy people how to incorporate meditation and visualization into their life, and she's an mbg course instructor! You can learn with her by joining her course, Guided Visualizations: How to Overcome Your Fears, Excel at Work, and Have Mind-Blowing Sex. She has also created a powerful guided visualization called zivaDETOX. It's a simple, downloadable audio that is designed to help you release thoughts and stress that are not serving you and to get you on the right path to leaving the stress behind. If Ziva sounds charming to you or you want to deepen your daily practice, you can join a global community of meditators and uplift your life from the comfort of your own home.
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