Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Medical findings about the Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY)

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Medical findings about the Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY):A world conference
on science, consciousness and spirituality held in New Delhi noted the
key findings of research conducted on the Sudarshan Kriya Yoga (SKY).
Below is a simplified synopsis

1. Less depression, more elation Dr Richard Brown from the USA has
postulated that SKY contributes to a state of alert calmness through its
effect on the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is crucial in social bonding,
empathy and love; it is the centre of our gut instincts and is crucial
to our ability to perceive, observe and make complex decisions. Impaired
vagal activity is found in people with depression, anxiety, panic
disorders, irritable bowel syndrome violent adults, post traumatic
stress disorder, early Alzheimer's and obesity.

2. Sleep like a baby `Stephen Porges suggested that the different
rhythms of breath in SKY stimulates different fibers of the vagus nerve.
This makes SKY unique and likely to have a much wider range of effects.
Interestingly, brain wave rhythms during and after SKY are similar to
those of babies

3. Think Positive Dr Fahri Saatcioglu from Oslo did a 6-week study on
the effect of SKY on the relaxation response and feeling of wellness on
109 subjects. 56 of them went through the SKY course and performed SKY
yoga daily for 6 weeks. The other 53 relaxed in an armchair for 15
minutes daily for the same period. 6 weeks later, a significant increase
in the experience of wellness in the SKY group was noted as compared to
the 'armchair' group. There was a sharp decrease in anxiety, depression
and stress and a marked increase in optimistic thinking in the SKY

4. Live longer Dr Neeta Singh from New Delhi studied the effects of SKY
on the genes that affect stress related pathways of the human body. She
found an increase in vital antioxidant enzymes that are responsible for
a longer life span and better protection against cancer.

5. Healthy heart, skin and blood pressure Dr Stephen Larsen from the USA
studied neurophysiological responses before, during and after SKY. The
tests run were EEG (recorded at 19 cortical sites), EKG, heart rate
variability, galvanic skin response, hand skin temperature, pulse
plethysmography and blood pressure. He found that SKY practices produced
significant changes in ALL physiological measures. It appears that over
a period of time, the practitioner' s health becomes more robust,
flexible and able to deal with the challenges of stress. This explains
why regular practice of SKY is very important.

6. Decreased work-related stress Dr Vedamurthachar from Bangalore
studied the effect of the AOL Course on occupational stress and anxiety
among 60 software engineers. At the end of a month, the 30 engineers who
took the AOL course showed a sharp reduction in anxiety and improvement
in stress coping skills as compared with the 30 controls.

7. SKY and vegetarian meals for good health E G Lyulyakina from Russia
studied the oral micro flora of SKY practitioners. She found that the
number of microorganisms in lacto vegetarians were 2-3 times less than
that in 'non strict' vegetarians She concluded that practice of SKY and
a vegetarian diet reduces the microbial content of the mouth

8. Fight Cholesterol Dr Chiplonkar from Pune studied the lifestyle,
behavioral and health aspects of 105 adults before and after undergoing
the part I Art of Living Course. She found that majority of
micronutrients showed a positive correlation with sattvic foods. After
the practice of SKY for 2 months, she found a significant reduction in
anxiety, sharp increase in antioxidant capacity, reduction in
triglycerides and a marginal reduction in oxidative stress

9. Beneficial for cancer patients Arielle Warner in USA studied the
psycho spiritual benefits of SKY were studied in women diagnosed with
breast cancer. The subjects were evaluated 2 weeks before the Art of
Living Course, 8 days after the Course and after 5 weeks of regular
practice. A significant improvement in quality of life, spiritual well
being, positive states of mind and perceived stress was observed after
the AOL course and was maintained 5 weeks later.

10. SKY rules over other similar yoga tools Dr Janis Carter from
Australia compared the effects of different modalities like Iyengar and
Desikachar yoga, Qi Gong, Sudarshan Kriya Yoga and a multicomponent yoga
intervention (MCYI) in treating Australian Vietnam war veterans with
long standing Post traumatic Stress disorder. She found that the
interventions that used many tools of yoga viz. Sudarshan Kriya Yoga and
MCYI showed the greatest efficacy.

11. Psychoanalytical healing Dr Patricia Gerberg from USA discussed the
effects of doing the SKY program in a patient undergoing psychoanalysis
since a long time. She found SKY useful in healing negative past
impressions and the `dissociation' that rendered the patient unable to
connect with others and with his own feelings.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Thanks for the information.
    Also, I just came across this beautiful video on Sudarshan Kriya, thought of sharing. Here is the link:



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