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Scientific Studies on Sahaja Yoga Meditation

Three peer-reviewed published scientific studies on Sahaja Yoga meditation.



Neuroscience

10 February 2018, Volume 371, Pages 395-406

Gray Matter and Functional Connectivity in Anterior Cingulate Cortex are Associated with the State of Mental Silence During Sahaja Yoga Meditation

Sergio Elias Hernandez, Alfonso Barros-Loscertales, Yaqiong Xiao, Jose Luis Gonzalez-Mora and Katya Rubia

  • The state of mental silence in long-term meditators was correlated with gray matter and functional connectivity.
  • The depth of mental silence was associated with larger gray matter volume in rostral anterior cingulate cortex rACC.
  • There was an association between the depth of mental silence and functional connectivity between bilateral Ant. Insula and rACC.
  • The state of mental silence is associated with brain regions and networks of top-down attention and emotional control
  • There was an association between connectivity of rACC with the bilateral insula and depth of mental silence.

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PLOS ONE

3 March 2016

Increased Grey Matter Associated with Long-Term Sahaja Yoga Meditation: A Voxel-Based Morphometry Study

Sergio Elías Hernández, José Suero, Alfonso Barros, José Luis González-Mora, Katya Rubia

The study shows that long-term practice of Sahaja Yoga Meditation is associated with larger grey matter volume overall, and with regional enlargement in several right hemispheric cortical and subcortical brain regions that are associated with sustained attention, self-control, compassion and interoceptive perception. The increased grey matter volume in these attention and self-control mediating regions suggests use-dependent enlargement with regular practice of this meditation.

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The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

2015, Volume 21, Number 3, pp. 175–179

Monitoring the Neural Activity of the State of Mental Silence While Practicing Sahaja Yoga Meditation

Sergio E. Hernandez, PhD, Jose Suero, MD, Katya Rubia, PhD, and Jose L. Gonzalez-Mora, MD, PhD

Meditators appear to pass through an initial intense neural self-control process necessary to silence their mind. After this they experience relatively reduced brain activation concomitant with the deepening of the state of mental silence over right inferior frontal cortex, probably reflecting an effortless process of attentional contemplation associated with this state.

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