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Gray Matter and Functional Connectivity in Anterior Cingulate Cortex are Associated with the State of Mental Silence During Sahaja Yoga Meditation
2018 / Sergio Elias Hernandez; Alfonso Barros-Loscertales; Yaqiong Xiao; Jose Luis Gonzalez-Mora; Katya Rubia
Some meditation techniques teach the practitioner to achieve the state of mental silence. The aim of this study was to investigate brain regions that are associated with their volume and functional...
A Study Carried Out at ULL Tenerife Endorses the Benefits of Meditation in the Control of Attention and Emotions
2018 / Press Release, University of La Laguna
A study conducted at the University of La Laguna on the human brain in the state of mental silence in meditation has just been published in the journal Neuroscience. The article is entitled "Grey...
Increased Grey Matter Associated with Long-Term Sahaja Yoga Meditation: A Voxel-Based Morphometry Study
2016 / Sergio Elías Hernández; José Suero; Alfonso Barros; José Luis González-Mora; Katya Rubia
To investigate regional differences in grey matter volume associated with the practice of Sahaja Yoga Meditation. Twenty three experienced practitioners of Sahaja Yoga Meditation and twenty three...
Impact of long-term meditation practice on cardiovascular reactivity during perception and reappraisal of affective images
2015 / Sergei Pavlov; Natalia Reva; Konstantin Loktev; Vladimir Korenyok; Lyubomir Aftanas
Meditation has been found to be an efficient strategy for coping with stress in healthy individuals and in patients with psychosomatic disorders. The main objective of the present study was to...
Monitoring the Neural Activity of the State of Mental Silence While Practicing Sahaja Yoga Meditation
2015 / Sergio Hernandez; Jose Suero; Katya Rubia; Jose L. Gonzalez-Mora
To identify the neural correlates of the state of mental silence as experienced through Sahaja yoga meditation. Nineteen experienced meditators underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging...
Effect of Sahaja Yoga Meditation on Quality of Life, Anxiety, and Blood Pressure Control
2012 / Sheng-Chia Chung; Maria M. Brooks; Madhur Rai; Judith L. Balk; Sandeep Rai
Objective The present study investigates the effect of Sahaja yoga meditation on quality of life, anxiety, and blood pressure control. Design The prospective observational cohort study enrolled...
Reduced functional connectivity between cortical sources in five meditation traditions detected with lagged coherence using EEG tomography
2012 / Dietrich Lehmann; Pascal Faber; Shisei Tei; Roberto Pascual-Marqui; Patricia Milz; Kieko Kochi
Brain functional states are established by functional connectivities between brain regions. In experienced meditators (13 Tibetan Buddhists, 15 QiGong, 14 Sahaja Yoga, 14 Ananda Marga Yoga, 15...
Effect of Sahaja Yoga Meditation on Quality of Life, Anxiety, and Blood Pressure Control
2012 / Sheng-Chia Chung; Maria M. Brooks; Madhur Rai; Judith L. Balk; Sandeep Rai
The present study investigates the effect of Sahaja yoga meditation on quality of life, anxiety, and blood pressure control. The prospective observational cohort study enrolled two study groups:...
A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Meditation for Work Stress, Anxiety and Depressed Mood in Full-Time Workers
2011 / R. Manocha; D. Black; J. Sarris; C. Stough
To assess the effect of meditation on work stress, anxiety and mood in full-time workers. 178 adult workers participated in an 8-week, 3-arm randomized controlled trial comparing a “mental silence”...
Meditation, mindfulness and mind-emptiness
2011 / Ramesh Manocha
Meditation is widely perceived as an effective method for reducing stress and enhancing wellbeing. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2002 National Health Interview Survey...
Sahaja yoga A unique adjunctive approach for the management of cardiac arrhythmias
2011 / Kenan Yalta; Nasir Sivri; Ertan Yetkin
Sahaja yoga (SY) is a unique meditative technique that has both spiritual and mundane aspects. Although SY has generally been regarded as a practice of spiritual and mental well-being, it is also...
Effect of Sahaja Yoga Meditation on the Nutritional Assessment of University Students
2010 / Rajeev Choudhary
The objective of the study was to find out the effect of Sahaja Yoga Meditation on Nutritional Assessment of University Students. (The objective of the study was to find out the significant...
Changing Definitions of Meditation - Is there a Physiological Corrolary? Skin temperature changes of a mental silence orientated form of meditation compared to rest
2010 / Ramesh Manocha; Deborah Black; David Spiro; Jake Ryan; Con Stough
Until very recently, the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defined meditation as “a conscious mental process that induces a set of integrated physiological...
The neurobiology of Meditation and its clinical effectiveness in psychiatric disorders
2009 / Katya Rubia
This paper reviews the evidence for changes of Meditation on body and brain physiology and for clinical effectiveness in disorders of psychiatry. The aim of meditation is to reduce or eliminate...
A Pilot Study of a Mental Silence Form of Meditation for Women in Perimenopause
2007 / Ramesh Manocha; Barbara Semmar; Deborah Black
Menopausal symptoms often feature or are worsened by psychological and psychosomatic factors. As there is limited research into the potential role of psychological interventions, especially...
Impact Of Regular Meditation Practice On Eeg Activity At Rest And During Evoked Negative Emotions
2007 / Ljubomir Aftanas; Semen Goloshyekin
The main objective of the present investigation was to examine how long-term meditation practice is manifested in EEG activity under conditions of nonemotional arousal (eyes-closed and eyes-open...
Effect of Sahaj Yoga on Neuro-Cognitive Functions in Patients Suffering from Major Depression
2006 / V.K. Sharma; S. Das; S. Mondal; U. Goswami; A. Gandhi
Cognitive functions are impaired in Major Depression. Studies on the effects of Yoga on cognitive functions have shown improvement in memory, vigilance and anxiety levels. 30 patients suffering...
Reconciling Western Science and Eastern Traditions of Meditation
2005 / Ramesh Manocha; John Noyce; Andrew Rohowyj; Greg Turek
Why is it that meditation is popularly perceived as uniquely beneficial and yet there is no substantive scientific proof for its effectiveness? One explanation is that scientific activity has...
Sahaja Yoga Meditation as a Family Treatment Programme for Children with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
2004 / Linda J. Harrison; Ramesh Manocha; Katya Rubia
The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as a treatment for children diagnosed with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is widespread, but little is known on the...
Sahaja Yoga Meditation as a Family Treatment Programme for Children with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
2004 / Linda J. Harrison; Ramesh Manocha; Katya Rubia
The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as a treatment for children diagnosed with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is widespread, but little is known on the...
Changes in Cortical Activity in Altered States of Consciousness: The Study of Meditation by High-Resolution EEG
2003 / L. I. Aftanas, S. A. Golosheikin
The specific features of the topology of spectral powers and coherent interregional interrelationships in the narrow, individually determined δ-, θ-, α1-, α2-, and α3-frequency bands were studied...
Non-linear dynamic complexity of the human EEG during meditation
2002 / L.I Aftanas; S.A. Golocheikine
We used non-linear analysis to investigate the dynamical properties underlying the EEG in the model of Sahaja Yoga meditation. Non-linear dimensional complexity (DCx) estimates, indicating...
Researching Meditation: Clinical applications in healthcare
2001 / Ramesh Manocha
At the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, a Meditation Research Program has been in progress, under Ramesh Manocha in the hospital’s Natural Therapies Unit. Using the sahaja yoga technique of...
Human anterior and frontal midline theta and lower alpha reflect emotionally positive state and internalized attention: high-resolution EEG investigation of meditation
2001 / L.I. Aftanas; S.A. Golocheikine
EEG spectral power and coherence estimates in the individually defined delta, theta, alpha-1, alpha-2, and alpha-3 bands were used to identify and characterise brain regions involved in meditative...
Sahaja yoga in the management of moderate to severe asthma: a randomised controlled trial
2001 / R Manocha; G B Marks; P Kenchington; C M Salome
Sahaja Yoga is a traditional system of meditation based on yogic principles which may be used for therapeutic purposes. A study was undertaken to assess the effectiveness of this therapy as an...
Effect of Sahaja Yoga Meditation on Auditory Evoked Potentials (AEP) and Visual Contrast Sensitivity
2000 / U. Panjwani; W. Selvamurthy, S. H. Singh; H. L. Gupta; S. Mukhopadhyay; L. Thakur
The effect of Sahaja yoga meditation on 32 patients with primary idiopathic epilepsy on regular and maintained antiepileptic medication was studied. The patients were randomly divided into 3...