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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology


Impact of preksha meditation on alpha waves in EEG


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Author Details : Samani Shreyas Pragya, Pratap C Sanchetee*

Volume : 5, Issue : 4, Year : 2018

Article Page : 519-524


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Abstract

Aims: The present study aims at demonstrating changes in alpha wave frequency on electroencephalograph (EEG) at two and four months of preksha meditation training in young novice students.
Materials and Methods: Participants included 52 girls between the 17 to 21 years of age from a local college selected using a convenience sampling technique. They were randomly divided into experimental (n = 29) and control (n = 26) groups. Study duration was 4 months during which experimental group was administered a supervised PM training for 4 months. During this period control group continued their normal activities without mediation practice. EEG was analyzed for alpha waves and compared at base line, at 2 months and at 4 months.
Results: The mean value of alpha wave frequency (%) in control group at beginning was 49.65 ±21.598 which increased to 52.58±18.005 at 2 months. In experimental group, in beginning it was 49.52 ±18.169 which increased to 54.31±22.490 at 2 months. However, this increment was not statistically significant in both groups. A statistically significant increment in alpha waves percentage to 66.59±9.493 was observed in experimental group after four months of PM which was significant at the level of p<0> Conclusions: A significant increase in alpha waves was observed at 4 months of PM practice in young novice students. This increase was observed at 4 months and not at 2 months suggesting that longer practice of meditation is needed to bring out significant improvement.

Keywords: Preksha meditation, EEG, Alpha waves.

Doi : 10.18231/2394-2126.2018.0119

How to cite : Pragya S S, Sanchetee P C, Impact of preksha meditation on alpha waves in EEG. Indian J Clin Anat Physiol 2018;5(4):519-524

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