Scientific Research

When studying the influence of Sahaja Yoga on different aspects of life there were received scientific results which prove beneficial effect of Sahaja Yoga on physical, emotional and mental state of man and society.

Benefits of Sahaja Yoga Meditation

• Improved health and strengthened immune system
• Inner peace and joy
• Achieve a balance in mind, body, spirit
• Reduced stress, anxiety and irritability
• Better focus and concentration
• Giving up negative and self-destructive habits and lifestyle
• Strengthening ones self-esteem and self-confidence
• Improvement of communication skills
• Awakening of one’s human awareness to a new dimension of collective
consciousness enabling the individual to feel the state of his own energies
and of others
• Overcoming divisive patterns which can lead to disharmony between
individuals, communities, races and cultures

Influence on Health

Body

A series of studies conducted by Prof Rai from the Department of Physiology of the University of Delhi have shown that Sahaja Yoga Meditation elicits a reduction in stress-related physiological parameters than indicate an increase of the parasympathetic nervous system, important for rest and relaxation. This included a reduction in heart, respiratory and pulse rates, of systolic blood pressure, and oxygen metabolism, and of urinary vanilly-mandelic acid (VMA) and increases o skin resistance.

Brain

Sahaja Yoga meditation experiences are related to limbic brain activation. Several studies have shown changes in neurochemicals that are released by limbic brain regions and mediate positive emotions.

For example, a study conducted by Prof Ram Mishra at the McMaster’s University, in Toronto, showed that Sahaja Yoga Meditation compared to rest elicited a significant increase of 70% in beta-endorphins as measured in the blood in males.

Sahaja Yoga Influence on Brain

During the Meditation, the long-term meditators showed less mental activity, i.e. less thoughts (IV) and more feelings of happiness (VI) according to  their subjective ratings/

Emotions

The study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience is the first to demonstrate that long-term practitioners of Meditation show reduced emotional reactivity and are more resilient to stressful events.

A study conducted at the University of Vienna found a significant beneficial effect of Sahaja Yoga Meditation on state and trait anxiety in healthy adults.

A study conducted at the University of Exeter, UK, showed that Sahaja Yoga Meditation has a beneficial therapeutic effect on the symptoms of patients with depression and anxiety.

Treatment of Deseases

A study conducted in Australia, at the Natural Therapies Research Unit, at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, and in collaboration with the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK, showed significant improvement of the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

A study conducted at the University of Vienna by Dr Hackl showed highly significant effects of Sahaja Yoga Meditation on drug consumption.

The following authors has described positive influence of Sahaja Yoga meditation on treating epilepsy:

  • Gupta H, Dudani U, Singh SH, Surange SG, Selvamurthy W. (1991): Sahaja Yoga in the management of intractable epileptics. Journal of Association of Physicians of India 39(8):649.
  • Panjwani U, Gupta H, Singh SH, Selvamurthy W, Rai UC. (1995): Effect of Sahaja Yoga practice on stress management in patients of epilepsy. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 39:111-116.
  • Panjwani U, Selvamurthy W, Singh SH, Gupta HL, Mukhopadhyay S, Thakur L. (2000): Effect of Sahaja yoga meditation on Auditory Evoked Potentials (AEP) and Visual Contrast Sensitivity (VCS) in epileptics. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback 25(1):1-12.
  • Panjwani U, Selvamurthy W, Singh SH, Gupta HL, Thakur L, Rai UC. (1996): Effect of Sahaja yoga practice on seizure control and EEG changes in patients of epilepsy. Indian Journal of Medical Research 103:165-172.
  • Yardi N. (2001): Yoga for control of epilepsy. Seizure-European Journal of Epilepsy 10(1):7-12.

A study conducted at the NaturalTherapies Unit of the Royal Hospital for women, in Sydney, Australia, showed a significant beneficial effect of Sahaja Yoga on Asthma patients who were resistent to steroids (Manocha et al., 2000).

A study conducted at the Sydney Menopause Centre, Royal Hospital for Women, Australia, showed that Sahaja Yoga Meditation is effective as treatment for menopausal symptoms.