The Kundalini Research Institute’s Research
THE RATIONALE FOR YOGA RESEARCH
By Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, KRI Director of Research
Although some research exists for Yoga, and Yoga is to some small extent being applied in a few institutional settings, much more research is needed to facilitate its full incorporation
Historically, Yoga practice has been restricted to narrow segments of the population, and has not achieved wide acceptance within the medical, educational, and corporate communities as having potential preventive and therapeutic health benefits. The extension of Yoga to these institutions would dramatically broaden its influence, and expand its potential to transform society.
With widespread practice across many populations, Yoga could have a deep positive impact on the physical and psychological health of society as a whole. Despite Yoga’s current popularity and the many personal benefits experienced by those who practice it, such “anecdotal” evidence is insufficient to facilitate the full incorporation of Yoga into the healthcare and educational systems.
As with any new practice or treatment being considered by the medical community, carefully designed and executed research studies that convincingly and scientifically demonstrate the effectiveness of Yoga will be required before it can be broadly applied to a large number of populations (children, the elderly, diagnosed medical and psychiatric disorders, etc.) and institutions (hospitals, schools, offices, etc.).
Although some research exists for Yoga, and Yoga is to some small extent being applied in a few institutional settings, much more research is needed to facilitate its full incorporation.
On a more local level, those of us applying Kundalini Yoga to special populations and in institutional settings would benefit from a more research-oriented approach in documenting our results. Such documentation will serve as a foundation for future research projects. Furthermore, analysis of this information will also provide constructive feedback to determine the strengths and weaknesses of our programs, thereby helping us refine and improve our programs and their benefits. If you are teaching yoga in a specialized setting or with a special population and wish to consider documenting the improvements and changes occurring in students with Kundalini yoga practice, please feel free to contact me.
Research is an intensive process that relies heavily on personnel and is therefore expensive. Although most biomedical research is funded by government agencies, such funding has recently become more difficult to acquire, and research funding for this particular kind of research has always been more difficult to get than that for conventional medical research. Private contributions and donations are an important supplement to government research grants in the funding of biomedical research. If you are aware of yoga students/practitioners who might be interested and have the means for potentially funding Kundalini Yoga research, please let this opportunity be known to them.
Reprinted with permission of Kundalini Rising Winter 2006-2007
Published papers relevant to Kundalini Yoga
Newberg A, Wintering N, Khalsa DS
Meditation Effects on Cognitive Function and Cerebral Blood Flow in Subjects With Memory Loss: A Preliminary Study Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Vol 20, Page 517-526
Wang D, Rao H, Korczykowski M, Wintering N, Pluta J, Khalsa DS, Newbery A
Cerebral Blood Flow Changes Associated with Different Meditation Practices and Perceived Depth of Meditation Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, Vol 191, No 1,Page 60-67
- Interoceptive awareness in experienced meditators
- Randomized controlled trial of yogic meditation techniques for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Evaluation of a residential Kundalini yoga lifestyle pilot program for addiction in India
- Yoga in stroke rehabilitation: a systematic review and results of a pilot study
- Patient perspectives: Kundalini yoga meditation techniques for psycho-oncology and as potential therapies for cancer
- An introduction to Kundalini yoga meditation techniques that are specific for the treatment of psychiatric disorders
- Complementary healthcare practices. Stress management for gastrointestinal disorders: the use of kundalini yoga meditation techniques
- Exaggerated heart rate oscillations during two meditation techniques
- Cerebral blood flow changes during chanting meditation
- Treatment of chronic insomnia with yoga: a preliminary study with sleep-wake diaries
- Yoga: an adjunct to infertility treatment
- Stress management: a randomized study of cognitive behavioural therapy and yoga
- Effect of Breathwalk on body composition, metabolic and mood state in chronic hepatitis C patients with insulin resistance syndrome
Science and Research Papers
Direct Links to the Research Papers
- Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2004
- Breathwalk® and Fibromyalgia
- Research in The News
- Research in The News 2
Exercise Walking for Managing Pain and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia