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


Abstract

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.

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