Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology

Effect of OM meditation on autonomic functions in healthy young individuals

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Author Details: Akshay Berad, ANR Lakshmi, Sneha P

Volume : 4

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2394-2126

Print ISSN : 2394-2118

Article First Page : 263

Article End Page : 265


Background: Meditation practices mainly change functions through autonomous nervous systems, which links brain and body. Meditation is a technique of yoga practiced in India over thousands of years. Long term yogic practices have shown improvement in cardiovascular functions.OM chanting meditation is a concentrative type of meditation involving focusing of attention on breath.
Aims and Objectives: to study effect of OM meditation on autonomic functions in healthy young individuals.
Materials and Method: 30 healthy individuals in age group 18-20 years were selected. The group selected is divided in 2 subgroups, Dhayana group performs OM meditation and control group sitting with eyes closed. Autonomic function parameters heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, GSR are recorded in both groups.
Results: Heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure are reduced during meditation session and GSR increased suggesting parasympathetic dominance.
Conclusion: Study shows regular practice of OM meditation would be helpful in increasing cardiorespiratory efficiency. There is parasympathetic nervous system dominance during and after OM meditation.

Yoga, OM meditation, Galvanic skin resistance, Heart rate, Blood pressure