INNER ENGINEERING Benefits

Inner Engineering for Better Living

For centuries, the ancient science of yoga has been used to cultivate physical and mental health. Practitioners of this potent discipline testify to its enormous benefits. Modern medicine has acknowledged the impact that regular practice of yoga can have on overall health and wellbeing.

While yoga has become synonymous with physical postures and exercise, it is not limited to that alone. Yoga means that which takes you to a higher dimension or higher perception of life. Yoga is a holistic approach that encompasses overall human wellbeing; body, mind, emotions and energy.

Inner Engineering offers a comprehensive process to align your body, mind, emotions and energy. The course includes a daily practice called Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya, also known as Shambhavi Kriya. Shambhavi Kriya is a simple, but transformative practice which brings about immense physical and psychological benefits, and much more.

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Inner Engineering Improves Wellbeing for Vast Majority of Practitioners.

A survey of Shambhavi Kriya practitioners found that doing these practices for a minimum of one year had significant mental and emotional benefits.

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

77%

98%

92%

84%

77%

94%

82%

Concentration

Mental Clarity

Emotional Balance

Energy Levels

Productivity

Inner Peace

Self Confidence

How the Body Works

The whole system of yoga is based on the spine. Many of our vital functions are regulated by the spine through the autonomic nervous system. There are two components of this system: the sympathetic nervous system (survival response) and the parasympathetic nervous system (restful response). These systems function in a complementary manner – when one is on, the other is off. When the mind perceives a threat, the body reacts by releasing hormones which speed up the heart rate, slow down digestion, increase the breathing rate and muscle contraction preparing the body to fight or flee from danger. However in modern times, this response can even be triggered by traffic, conflicts with others, or any stressful situations. On a regular basis, stress hormones flow into our bodies for events that pose no real threat to our physical survival causing damage to the body over time.

SYSTEM

 

SURVIVAL RESPONSE

 

RESTFUL RESPONSE

 

Cardiovascular

Digestive

Liver

Immune

Muscular

Regeneration

Heart rate ↑, Blood pressure ↑

Inhibits Digestion

Release Sugar into Blood

Immune Response ↓

Contraction, Ready for Action

Suppresses

Heart rate ↓, Blood pressure ↓

Facilitates Digestion

Liver Stores Sugar

Immune Response ↑

Relaxation

Activates

Percent of people reporting improvements with regular kriya practice

67%

79%

90%

71%

74%

73%

90%

95%

84%

Hypertension

Asthma

Headaches / Migraines

Diabetes

Back / Neck pain

Digestive Disorders

Anxiety

Depression

Insomnia

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Shambhavi Kriya alleviates chronic ailments.

Many common chronic ailments such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and digestive disorders can be linked to an overactive ‘survival’ response. Being restful alleviates chronic ailments and improves your immune system and healing. It also improves mental health by reducing anxiety, stress and depression, allowing you to be happier.

If you learn to create the right climate in your body, mind, and emotion, your health, wellbeing, and joy – everything will be taken care of.”
– Sadhguru

Shambhavi Kriya
Reduces Anxiety & Depression

90%

Reduction in

Anxiety

Symptoms

95%

Reduction in

Depression

Symptoms

Of those indicating improvement, the following percentage reported reduction in their medication intake.

50% Stopped Medication

Depression

25% Reduced Medication

25% No Change

50% Stopped Medication

Anxiety

28% Reduced Medication

22% No Change

Shambhavi Kriya Makes You Restful

Restful Response

Restfulness Ratio

Survival Response

The ‘Restfulness Ratio’ is the comparison between the ‘restful’ response and the ‘survival’ response.

A study shows those who practiced Shambhavi Kriya regularly for a minimum of 1 year had a Restfulness Ratio of 3.93 (Muralikrishnan K et al). Those who did not had a ratio of 0.54.

The greater the Restfulness Ratio, the more rest you are getting. As the numbers indicate, those practicing Inner Engineering kriyas are far more restful.

3.93

0.54

With Isha

Practices

Without Isha

Practices

Relaxed Brainwave Patterns 

This relaxation can also be seen in the brain. A study (Santhosh et al) observed the brain waves for those practicing Shambhavi Kriya and demonstrated the following:

  • Greater coherence between the left and right sides of the brain
  • Increased alpha waves

Shambhavi Kriya

has been shown to increase the most restful brain wave patterns.

↓ BETA

Decreased Beta Waves (associated with active or anxious thinking)

↑ Alpha

Increased Alpha Waves

(associated with wakeful relaxation)

↑ Delta

Increased Delta Waves

(associated with the deepest stage of sleep)

An increase in alpha waves and a decrease of beta waves demonstrates that those practicing Shambhavi Kriya are generally more relaxed. Furthermore, the increase in theta and delta waves immediately after Shambhavi Kriya demonstrates the practice’s capacity to bring you into a very deep and restful state. Shambhavi Kriya gives you the type of rest, relaxation, and regeneration that is normally seen in the deepest stages of sleep.

Shambhavi Kriya
Gives Practitioners Better Sleep

A study (Vinchurkar et al) was conducted comparing sleep quality for those practicing Shambhavi Kriya vs. those who do not practice.

Shambhavi

None

1/8

Time it takes to fall asleep

1/3

Time it takes to reach REM sleep

2X

Duration of REM sleep

Shambhavi Kriya can dramatically improve sleep quality
The average adult’s sleep consists of 20% REM sleep whereas the average infant’s sleep consists of 50% REM sleep. With regular practice, it is possible for one to “sleep like a baby.”

Shambhavi Kriya
Reduces Menstrual Disorders

A study (Needhirajan et al) was conducted to measure the impact of Shambhavi Kriya on menstrual disorders. Regular practice of Shambhavi Kriya significantly reduced the symptoms for a variety of menstrual disorders.

After

Before

Dysmenorrhea

57% decrease in

severe symptoms

Menstrual Flow

87% decrease

in the incidence

of severe flow

PMS

72% decrease in

psychological

symptoms

 

Studies have proven that those practicing the Shambhavi Kriya found a decrease in irregular cycles and the need for medical intervention. They also experienced less interference in work performance caused by menstrual disorders.

After

Before

Irregular Cycles

80% decrease

Medical Intervention

63% decrease

Work Impairment

83% decrease

 

Conclusion

Inner Engineering combined with the regular practice of Shambhavi Kriya provides significant benefits for a large variety of health conditions. It doesn’t just relieve superficial symptoms but addresses the root cause of ailments, providing you with holistic wellbeing.

 

References

Maturi R et al. Survey of wellbeing in Isha Yoga practitioner. March 2010

Muralikrishnan K, Balakrishnan B, Balasubramanian K, Visnegarawla F. Measurement of the effect of Isha Yoga on cardiac autonomic nervous system using short-term heart rate variability. J Ayurveda Integr Med. April 2012.

Santhosh J, Agrawal G, Bhatia M, Nandeeshwara SB, Anand S. Spatio-Temporal EEG Spectral Analysis of Shambhavi Maha Mudra Practice in Isha Yoga.

Vinchurkar S, Telles S, Visweswaraiah NK. Impact of Long Term Meditation Practice on Sleep: A Matched Controlled Trial. International Symposium on YOGism. Dec.2010.

Needhirajan TP, Maturi R, Balakrishnan B. Effect of Isha Yoga on Menstrual Disorders.