By Malavika I have completed 40 days of practicing Shambhavi Maha Mudra Kriya twice a day, and in this post, I would like to share with you my experience of it so far. Note: To read my latest and updated experience of the profound and potent Shambhavi kriya — follow this link! I have been following Sadhguru for the last few years. I have completed inner engineering online this is not a pre-requisite for the teacher-led program and also the Hata Yoga Surya Kriya program you can read about my experience here.
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Meditation is a powerful tool for spiritual growth, and is essentially a process to take one beyond the limitations of body and mind. In recent years, a growing number of scientific studies and research on meditation have corroborated these experiences. How does the Kriya Work? Sadhguru says, "There is a certain way to engineer our system, to make this body, to make this mind… the very chemistry within us the way we want it. Now, we are looking at the technology of keeping these three bodies constantly aligned so that joyfulness is not an accidental happening; joyfulness becomes a normal condition, a natural way of living for you.
Other studies have researched general well-being and improved attention spans among regular meditators. Benefits of meditation 1: Improved cardiac health Two studies published in and examined how Shambhavi Mahamudra supported cardiac health. A higher HRV has been linked to better immunity to stressful situations, and is said to bestow a greater survival advantage on individuals.
A lower HRV on the other hand has been linked to various heart diseases such as coronary artery disease, hypertension, chronic heart failure and myocardial infarction.
The researchers conclude that practitioners of the Shambhavi Mahamudra and other Isha Yoga practices have higher exercise tolerance, better cardiac response to stressful situation, lower probability of undergoing hypertension of cardiac troubles such as ischemia or infarction. The results show that practitioners experienced a greater level of coherence between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. EEG coherence is known to be a measure of how well connected various regions of the brain are.
Higher coherence indicates greater exchange of information between various regions, as well as improved functional coupling and coordination. Higher levels of coherence are also correlated to higher scores on IQ and creativity tests, as well emotional stability and cognitive flexibility. The researchers also measured signals at various prominent EEG spectral bands known as the alpha, beta, delta and theta.
Shambhavi practitioners were seen to have higher alpha band power in general, indicating that they experienced lower stress levels. There was a high increase in delta band power and theta band and a notable reduction in beta band power.
A reduction in beta band power indicates reduced susceptibility to mental tension, excitement and anxiety. Higher theta and delta activity have been noted in previous research as indicative of conscious access to deeper states of meditation. Participants were aged between 25 and 55 years. The meditators had practiced Shambhavi Mahamudra as well as other Isha Yoga practices. Whole-night polysomnographic measures were recorded in participants and EEG data was recorded, along with other parameters.
The results showed that the percentage of REM sleep, sleep efficiency and total sleep time of meditators was significantly higher as compared to the control group of non-meditators. Meditators also experienced better sleep quality as evidenced by fewer awakenings after sleep onset. The study concludes that consistent practice of the Shambhavi meditation has a positive impact on quality of sleep. Benefits of meditation 4: Improved attention and focus A study , published in the journal Perception, looked at how 89 participants performed in the Stroop task and attentional blink task before and after a 3-month Isha Yoga meditation retreat.
The Stroop task looks at interference in the reaction time of a task. Participants of the study were prone to fewer errors after the retreat than before it. Similarly, the attentional blink task involves participants identifying various visual stimuli presented to them within extremely short durations.
The primary means of treatment for such issues are known to offer less than satisfactory relief, even when patients choose surgery as a last resort. Currently, Yoga has become very popular as one of the mainstay alternate treatments for many disorders. The benefits of meditation and yoga in relation with such ailments have been under study for a while and show great promise.
The questionnaire asked respondents about the prevalence and impact of various menstrual disorders before they began the kriya and after they had practiced it for at least six months. Disorders covered included Dysmennorhea, symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, heaviness of menstrual flow, irregularity of menstrual cycle, the need for medical or surgical intervention for disorders, and the impairment of work during the menstrual period.
Similar improvements were seen for those with poor resistance to colds and flu, those who had suffered from headaches, asthma, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal disorder, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and a range of other chronic ailments.
In brief Taken together, all these results support a drop in stress and anxiety, a boost in mental alertness and focus, and an increase in self-awareness due to practicing the Shambhavi Mahamudra. It is also clear that regular practice benefits cardiac health and either leads to a stop in the use of medication or at least reduces it considerably for a range of ailments including hypertension, depression and menstrual issues.
Try it out! The beauty of the Shambhavi Mahamudra is that it takes a mere 21 minutes of your day. A large part of the course can be taken in the comfort of your home, through Inner Engineering Online , and initiations into Shambhavi are offered around the world at regular intervals.
Another option is the Isha Kriya guided meditation. Isha Kriya is a powerful minute practice that is offered online as a free guided meditation. For those who would like a taste of what meditation has to offer, this would be a great start. Try it at IshaKriya.
My experience of 40 days of Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya
Continue Reading Loading… Shambhavi Mudra is a highly regarded practice in yogic and tantric texts. Shambhavi is a powerful mudra used during meditation to still the mind and to experience higher stages of consciousness. Shambhavi mudra essentially involves gazing at the eyebrow center. With our eyes we cannot actually see the place where the two eyebrows meet. But an attempt is made to focus the vision between the eyebrows.
40 days of Shambhavi Maha Mudra Kriya
Meditation is a powerful tool for spiritual growth, and is essentially a process to take one beyond the limitations of body and mind. In recent years, a growing number of scientific studies and research on meditation have corroborated these experiences. How does the Kriya Work? Sadhguru says, "There is a certain way to engineer our system, to make this body, to make this mind… the very chemistry within us the way we want it. Now, we are looking at the technology of keeping these three bodies constantly aligned so that joyfulness is not an accidental happening; joyfulness becomes a normal condition, a natural way of living for you. Other studies have researched general well-being and improved attention spans among regular meditators. Benefits of meditation 1: Improved cardiac health Two studies published in and examined how Shambhavi Mahamudra supported cardiac health.
Benefits of Meditation | Shambhavi Mahamudra - Sadhguru
Here are some guidelines, that will help you to prepare and increase receptivity of Shambhavi Mudra. Make sure, your mobile phones are in silent mode or switched off. If you wear glasses or contact lens, while doing the Yoga or Meditation, Please remove them and keep them aside. One more, last advice from me to you, by my own experience - Do Not practice Shambhavi Mudra with Full stomach or immediately after a meal. Before we talk about How to do Shambhavi Mudra - steps and benefits with video below for better explanation at the end , first lets understand the difference between Shambhavi Mudra and Shambhavi Mahamudra. Shambhavi Mudra Shambhavi Mudra Shambhavi mudra is highly practiced in yogistic and Tantrik literature texts.