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Enhanced mental and emotional wellbeing in Isha Yoga practitioners

A study conducted on 536 Isha Yoga practitioners showed improvement in the following areas:

  • 91% reported greater inner peace
  • 87% reported improved emotional balance
  • 80% reported greater mental clarity
  • 79% reported increased energy levels
  • 74% reported improved self confidence
  • 70% reported improved concentration
  • 70% reported increased productivity

 

  • For those suffering depression, 87% reported improvement, 25% reduced their medication, and 50% were able to stop their medication.
  • For those suffering anxiety, 86% reported improvement, 28% reduced their medication, and 50% were able to stop their medication.
  • For those suffering insomnia sleep disorder, 73% reported improvement, 40% reduced their medication, and 30% were able to stop their medication.
Raj Maturi et al. Survey of wellbeing in Isha Yoga practitioner. March 2010

Improved sleep quality through Isha Yoga Polysomnographic research study which compared Isha Yoga practitioners and matched controls showed a statistically significant improvement in the efficiency of sleep and lesser number of awakenings during sleep indicating improved quality of sleep in Isha Yoga practitioners.

N. Visweswariah et al. Impact of Isha Yoga Meditation on sleep: A matched controlled trial.20th Congress of the European Sleep Research Society Sept 2010

Reduction in the severity of symptoms and medicine usage in chronic diseases through Isha Yoga
In a health survey that was conducted on Isha Yoga practitioners, more than 500 respondents reported improvement in their disease status and reduction in medicine usage for their diseases.

  • For those suffering poor resistance to cold and flu, 86% reported improvement, 13% reduced their medication, and 75% were able to stop their medication.
  • For those suffering headaches, 88% reported improvement, 45% reduced their medication, and 46% were able to stop their medication.
  • For those suffering asthma 72% reported improvement, 31% reduced their medication, and 56% were able to stop their medication.
  • For those suffering allergies, 66% reported improvement, 40% reduced their medication, and 42% were able to stop their medication.
  • For those suffering fibromyalgia, 67% reported improvement, 33% reduced their medication, and 67% were able to stop their medication.
  • For those suffering gastrointestinal disorder, 67% reported improvement, 25% reduced their medication, and 50% were able to stop their medication.
  • For those suffering back and neck pain, 68% reported improvement, 33% reduced their medication, and 50% were able to stop their medication.
  • For those suffering obesity, 41% reported improvement, and 67% were able to stop their medication.
  • For those suffering thyroid ailments, 51% reported improvement, 50% reduced their medication, and 9% were able to stop their medication.
  • For those suffering diabetes, 63% reported improvement, 13% reduced their medication, and 12% were able to stop their medication.
  • For those suffering hypertension, 63% reported improvement, 28% reduced their medication, and 28% were able to stop their medication.
  • For those suffering heart disease, 37% reported improvement, 17% reduced their medication, and 33% were able to stop their medication.
Raj Maturi et al. Survey of wellbeing in Isha Yoga practitioner. March 2010

Reduction in menstrual problems with Shambhavi Mahamudra
A study of women suffering from menstrual disorders showed a significant improvement in symptoms after the practice of Shambhavi Mahamudra

  • 87% experienced reduction in heavy flow
  • 72% experienced reduction in irritability and mood swings
  • 80% experienced reduction in irregularity of cycles
  • 83% experienced reduction in work impairment
  • 57% experienced reduction in severe menstrual pain
  • 63% experienced reduction in need for surgical intervention
Thenmozhi Priya et al. Effect of Isha Yoga on Menstrual Disorders.9th International Scientific Meeting of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists September 2011

Better cognition after Isha Yoga
Neurocognitive tests show that Isha Yoga increases performances in attentional task suggesting better distribution of attentional resources, enhanced sustained attention skills and faster allocation of attentional resources.

Braboszcz C et al. Is meditation improving attention? A study on 82 Isha meditation practitioners following a 3 month’s retreat. 34th European conference on Visual Perception, August 2011

Increased alertness, awareness and relaxation through Shambhavi Mahamudra
Neurophysiological research studies on alertness, awareness and relaxation using EEG revealed a substantial increase in delta and theta brain waves and markedly reduced beta and alpha brain waves measured after 21 minutes of Shambhavi Mahamudra Practice.

Increase in Delta and Theta waves are associated with deep relaxation and higher levels of mental focus. Reduced beta waves are associated with reduced mental tension and anxiety. Reduced alpha waves in conjunction with increased theta and delta waves are associated with conscious awareness of the subconscious mind.

These results support a drop in stress and anxiety, a boost in mental alertness and focus, and an increase in self-awareness as a result of just 21 minutes of daily practice.

Manveer Bhatia et al. Neurophysiological and Biochemical evaluation in practitioners of Isha Yoga. World Conference- Expanding Paradigms: Science, Consciousness and Spirituality February 2006

Enhanced mental capabilities
The EEG study on Shambhavi Mahamudra also showed higher levels of coherence between the right and left sides of the brain. This greater whole brain synchronization leads to greatly enhanced mental capabilities like better learning ability, increased creativity, heightened mental clarity and sharper intellect.

Manveer Bhatia et al. Neurophysiological and Biochemical evaluation in practitioners of Isha Yoga. World Conference- Expanding Paradigms: Science, Consciousness and Spirituality February 2006

Reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases and better cardiac functioning because of Isha Yoga
Heart Rate Variability studies show that Isha Yoga causes greater balance of the Cardiac Autonomic Nervous System, thereby enhancing the ability of the heart to respond to various stressful situations effectively. Practitioners show a reduced risk of cardiac ailments like hypertension, angina, infarction, arrhythmias etc.

Muralikrishnan et al. Effect of Isha Yoga on Short term Heart Rate Variability (HRV). Third International Association of Yoga Therapists Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research March 2009
Selvaraj et al. Heart Rate Dynamics during Shambhavi Mahamudra-A practice of Isha Yoga.Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine2008; 5: Iss 1, Art.22