In one of the most thoroughly designed studies of meditation ever published, full-time workers who used Sahaja Yoga meditation became much less stressed compared with more conventional approaches to relaxation or placebo, according to a paper published in the online journal, Evidence Based Complementary Medicine, a leading publication in its field.
A team of researchers at Sydney University’s Meditation Research Programme monitored stress levels of full-time Australian workers in Sydney’s Central Business District to determine the effectiveness of meditation in combating this widespread and expensive problem.
The 8-week clinical trial provides strong evidence that there are measurable, practical and clinically relevant effects that appear to be specific to Sahaja Yoga meditation.
The study divided volunteers into three groups. Those who used Sahaja Yoga meditation showed significant reduction in their stress levels compared with those who used other methods of meditation that didn’t involve thoughtless awareness.
This is one of only a few meditation studies in the world that clearly demonstrate an effect that is much greater than just placebo. Hence, it has broad and important implications for all levels of society.
Work stress is described by many experts as a modern epidemic. It costs the Australian economy $15 billion per year and the US economy more than $300 billion. It is a leading cause of work absenteeism, causing both mental health problems such as anxiety and physical problems such as heart disease. Sahaja Yoga is a simple, low-cost intervention that can help prevent these problems.
The strategies currently available to tackle work stress often have limited effectiveness. This is where this study is remarkably relevant. It shows that a simple, mental silence orientated meditation skill reduces stress significantly more than other, often more expensive, approaches to stress management.
Stress is not just limited to the workplace. In western countries, studies estimate that more than 70% of medical consultations feature stress as a major issue.
Read the original research publication here:
You and your friends are invited to this fascinating and enjoyable lecture, “Meditation and its effects on the body, brain, mind and wellbeing”, by Dr Ramesh Manocha, who will provide a refreshing insight into the science and experience of meditation.
Dr Manocha is a world-leading expert on scientific research into meditation. His research has proven meditation’s effectiveness in reducing stress and improving wellbeing. It has also determined that mental silence has specific physiological effects on the body and the brain.
The lecture will provide a refreshing insight into the science behind meditation. It will also allow the audience to acquire simple and effective meditation skills which can be easily incorporated into daily life.
Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this very informative session, followed by a hands-on workshop.
When: Sunday, 31 October 2010
2.00pm to 4.30pm
Where: University of South Australia
Lecture Theatre H2-02 – Hetzel Building,
Frome Rd, UniSA City East Campus
2:10pm: Lecture by Dr Ramesh Manocha, MBBS BSc (Med) PhD
4:00pm: Meditation workshop
Online bookings for this event can be made via Dr Manocha’s “Researching Meditation” website.
Click here to be directed to the Booking Form on Dr Manocha’s website.
Admission: Free admission. Suitable for both beginners and regular meditators.
This event is a Community Health event brought to you by Sahaja Yoga Meditation.
Sahaja Yoga Meditation South Australia invites you to attend an extremely informative 2-hour session presented by Dr Ramesh Manocha on his scientific and medical research into “The effects of meditation on brain, mind and health”. This research was conducted under the auspices of the Faculty of Medicine, University of NSW and the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney.
The session will be followed by a hands-on experiential workshop. Attendees will learn a skill with scientifically proven benefits that will last a lifetime!
When: Saturday 11 July, 2:00pm (arrive 1.45pm for registration)
Venue: University of South Australia, City East Campus
Centenary Building, C3_16, Ground floor (Entrance from Gate 1, Frome Road, Adelaide)
Admission: Free of charge
Bookings: To reserve your seat please call 1300 724 252 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
More about this event here.
The Sahaja Yoga meditation technique was developed by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi and is taught in over 120 countries, always free of charge.
We hope you will be able to attend this informative event.