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Heartfulness meditation has a positive effect on overall health’

The practice of heartfulness meditation, a set of yogic meditative practices, has a positive effect on heart rate variability, blood pressure and heart rate.

This was found in a study conducted by the National Resource Centre for Value Education in Engineering (NRCVEE) at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and the Department of Non-Invasive Cardiology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket.

The study was conducted as part of an ongoing research programme at the Non-Invasive Cardiology Laboratory at the hospital. It involved 30 volunteers, 21 men and nine women, who have been practising heartfulness methods regularly and were in the age range of 19-70 years. All participants were subjected to a standard set of procedures while data were recorded on a computer. The entire procedure was performed in three stages of 30 minutes each — baseline stage, cleaning stage and meditation stage.

The data point towards the significant effect of heartfulness practices of cleaning and meditation on heart rate, blood pressure and heart rate variability, which is an indicator of cardiovascular as well as overall health.

“A 30-minute session of heartfulness meditation and cleaning produces significant modulation of the autonomic nervous system towards parasympathetic dominance, so as to favourably moderate basic vital parameters. The results also indicated that these practices helped improve the feeling of overall happiness and well-being following meditation sessions, without being demanding,” noted the study.

The findings of the study have been published in the Indian Heart Journal, the official journal of the Cardiological Society of India.

Commenting on the study, heartfulness guide Kamlesh. D. Patel said: “While meditation is now readily recognised as a practical, safe and effective tool to reduce stress and manage health, this research is the first attempt to study heartfulness mediation and its effect on cardiovascular measures.’’

He added that several studies have shown the beneficial effects of heartfulness meditation on physical health, psychological health, emotional intelligence, sleep, etc., but there was a gap in literature on studies pertaining to the impact of the heartfulness practices of cleaning and meditation on heart rate variability.


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