Episode No. 1: Transform Stress And Aging with Dr. Elissa Epel

Lama Tsultrim Allione is joined by Elissa Epel, PhD author of the NYT bestselling book The Telomere Effect and professor at UCSF in the Department of Psychiatry where she does mind-body research examining effects of mindfulness and contemplative interventions (mindfulness, meditation retreats, breathing) on aging and emotional well being. Lama Tsultrim and Elissa discuss Western and Buddhist views of stress reduction, followed by a fascinating discussion on how to turn stress into a positive strong force with our beliefs, to metabolize stress in our body, and dissolve stress in nature and positive supportive environments.  

Guided meditation: “Embracing Uncertainty” with Dr. Elissa Epel

Topics Discussed:

  • Importance of nature in our daily routine
  • Telomere Effect and Aging
  • Stress Management and Mindfulness
  • Positive effects of immersion in nature
  •  Mind-body practices for reducing inflammation and gene expression
  • Feeding Your Demons and its potential
  • Use of beliefs to shift and change the stress response
  • Integration as an important concept in being mindful and connecting with nature

About Dr. Elissa Epel

Elissa Epel, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry at UCSF continues to push the boundaries of scientific knowledge. Her research and insights have revolutionized our understanding of how we age and inspires us to make positive changes in our lives to promote optimal health and longevity. She and Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, co-authored The Telomere Effect, a NYT bestseller that  has captivated readers worldwide, providing valuable insights into the powerful connection between our habits, stress levels, and cellular aging. Her latest book, The Stress Prescription, looks at science based fundamental practices to reduce stress and improve health and well-being. Through her pioneering work, Dr. Epel has garnered widespread recognition, featured on TEDMED, NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s Morning Show, 60 minutes, National Public Radio, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wisdom 2.0, Health 2.0.  Her research has received numerous accolades and she continues to and test interventions that combine behavioral, psychological, and mindfulness training. Currently, she is testing short term interventions to improve stress resilience and physiological homeostatic capacity, to slow aging. To find out more about Elissa Epel, visit her website www.elissaepel.com.

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