Isha Kriya Meditation found to reduce tension, anger, fatigue, confusion, and depression.
Meditation has always been a go-to solution for those who seek to be more peaceful and joyful. A group of researchers who have experienced the impact that meditation has on their own lives and witnessed it in the lives of others were interested in illustrating the specific impact of Isha Kriya on their colleagues in the medical profession. This research was conducted through Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard Medical School (HMC) using a guided meditation called Isha Kriya.
Isha Kriya is a simple and powerful meditation created by Sadhguru. Daily practice of Isha Kriya brings health, dynamism, peace and wellbeing. What makes Isha Kriya special is its simplicity and effectiveness. It can be practiced anywhere and just 12 to 18 minutes of practice per day is all it takes to bring a profound transformation in your life.
Its well known that surgeons and other operating room professionals often face exceptional demands at work from the care of critically ill patients. These demands often trigger high stress levels and burnout. Very few receive training in managing this stress, yet coping skills for healthcare workers are crucial to prevent stress, increase happiness, reduce the likelihood of human error, and improve patient safety. As a first step towards addressing this, the study assesses stress levels among anesthesiologists, nurses, and surgeons. It further evaluates the effectiveness of meditation in reducing stress.
More than 300 anesthesiologists, surgeons, residents, attending physicians, and nurses participated in a survey that measures stress. This survey clearly illustrated that majority experience moderate levels of stress. Within the same group, total mood disturbances were found to be significantly reduced after practicing the Isha Kriya guided meditation just once! Negative disturbances such as tension, anger, fatigue, confusion, and depression were significantly reduced after the meditation with anger being the most significantly reduced. Similar results were also observed in a group of 44 anesthesiologists attending the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) conference.
The present study showed important findings:
- Operating room professionals had higher levels of stress than general population
- Physicians in particular the surgeons had higher stress levels compared to others
- Among physicians, residents and fellows in training had higher stress levels
- Isha Kriya significantly reduced total mood disturbances and negative emotions
- Anger and depression were profoundly reduced after Isha Kriya
- Significant changes occurred even after one sitting of Isha Kriya
This suggests that Isha Kriya might improve mood regulation and the ability to deal stress and burnout, which may in turn improve workplace well-being, patient safety, and quality of care. They concluded that the practice of Isha Kriya guided meditation as part of a daily routine to improve wellbeing among operating room professionals needs to be considered.