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Sahaja Yoga Meditation english
Transcript of Sahaja Yoga Meditation english
Health Benefits of Sahaja Yoga Meditation
State of mental silence is associated with
coolness in palms of hands & top of
SYM has a beneficial effect on mental & physical illness
SYM has a significant beneficial effect on health.
Benefits are associated with the state of
Thoughtless awareness is associated with "relaxed" brain activation of deep attention & positive emotions & release of happy brain chemicals
SYM makes people more detached/resilient
to stress in psychological, body &
SYM activates the parasympathetic
nervous system - restoration
of body functions
Manocha et al., J. Int. Soc. Life Info. Sci., 2013
Rai et al., 2005
"Sat-Chit-Ananda": Being pure attention & bliss
Correlated with mental silence
Meditators have thicker cortex in frontal & temporal attention regions
meditators > controls
Kahn et al., 2013, Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 8, 27-33
Lazar et al., 2005, Neuroreport, 28: 1893-1897
Less mental clutter
increases in serotonin (affect)
increase in melatonin (sleep, affect, immune system)
increase in GABA (cognition)
decrease in cortisol (stress)
Normal age-related thinning in these regions is less (delayed) in meditators
Chung et al, 2012, J of Alternative Compl Med 18: 589-596
Hypertensive patients: One week meditation vs hospital care
Aftanas & Golocheikine Neuroscience Letters 2002