Tuesday, 10-December-2013; 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm:
Medical Research into Sahaja Yoga Meditation
All are warmly invited to this FREE event, which shall include a practical experience of this simple, natural meditation technique.
The main presentation, which shall be given by Katya Rubia, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, will review the published findings of over 20 years of scientific research into Sahaja Yoga Meditation, and other meditation techniques, collected from different countries of the world. The proven diverse health benefits of this meditation technique will be introduced in simple terms.
The presentation will review the effects of Sahaja Yoga Meditation on bodily measures of stress on the brain; and on mental and physical health in normal people, and in people with physical or mental disorders. Further details can be found below.
The second part of the evening shall provide participants the opportunity to actually experience, in a powerful collective setting, the unique state of meditation, which can include mental silence: where the individual goes beyond thoughts, and can, at will, remain free from mental activity. Simple techniques and exercises will also be demonstrated, so that you can start practicing meditation at home straight away.
The opportunity for questions and discussions, and light refreshments will be offered at the end.
The Ealing Town Hall (The Victoria Hall)
Ealing, W5 2BY
(Five minutes walk from Ealing Broadway Tube Station. Free parking is available in the large car park on Longfield Avenue, situated to the left of the Town Hall (free after 6:30 pm). Please click here for the location of the Ealing Town Hall and the nearby free car park)
Detailed subject Matter of the scientific presentation:
Research on bodily functions shows that Sahaja Yoga Meditation reduces physiological measures of stress and activates the parasympathetic nervous system that relaxes and restores body functions. Research on the brain shows that Sahaja Yoga Meditation in fact leads to a different brain state in that it activates areas in the brain that are important for deep concentration and positive emotions, thus leading to this subjective state of thoughtless awareness and joy that people experience in Meditation (known as 'Sat-Chit-Ananda' in Sanskrit). Thoughtless awareness also releases happy chemicals in the brain such as beta-endorphins that are released during positive emotions and strengthen the immune system.
Studies from Australia in over 400 meditators have shown that the state of thoughtless awareness that is achieved regularly in long-term meditators is associated with better mental and physical health relative to the general Australian population, thus preventing illness. These positive effects on the body and the brain can explain why other research has shown that Sahaja Yoga Meditation is very effective as a cure for many disorders, ranging from physical problems such as epilepsy, asthma, menopause and work stress to mental disorders such as depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), drug abuse, and others.
All in all, the research conducted on Sahaja Yoga Meditation has shown that this meditation technique has very positive effects on the body, the brain and the psyche that are not just subjective but can be measured and demonstrated objectively.