In will be calm and relaxed and unaffected

In a competitive era, every individual faces numerous stressful
conditions both at physical and mental levels. In
a stressful situation, our body prepares ourselves to face such incidences and
leads to release certain hormones. Though this minimal “fight or
flight” causes a temporary relief from the stressful condition by
increasing our blood pressure, breathing and heart rate, this also
leads to weaken our body immune system and other body systems if this condition
occurs repeatedly. Numerous scientists have demonstrated that following mind
relaxation techniques leads to tackle against these stressful conditions. Meditation effects a lot of
biochemical changes and alteration of hormone status in our body and one such hormone
is oxytocin that increases our bonding, romantic attachments and levels of
empathy.  Meditation leads to cause the release
of few happy hormones such as serotonin and oxytocin. Oxytocin is secreted by a
posterior part of pituitary gland.

 

 

Introduction:

Stress is nothing but response to external threat.  The organism feels that environmental demand
exceeds its natural capacity. Stress is what we experience when we believe that
we can’t cope up effectively with threatening situation. According to Patanjali
a person’s original state is stress-free state.  In this state mind will be calm and relaxed
and unaffected by external events. Actually stress starts with our attachment
and desires for worldly things. 
According to Bhagavat Gita, constant thinking about objects leads to
attachment with the objects, attachment leads to lust, lust leads to anger,
anger leads to delusion, delusion leads to loss of memory, loss of memory leads
to loss of intelligence and finally one gets destroyed.

 

Understanding Stress:

            When we are in stress
our heart rate increases, blood pressure rises as more blood pumped to our
muscles and lungs. We tend to breathe more rapidly to increase the supply of
air. Liver converts glycogen into glucose to supply quick energy. Pupils dilate
to see better. These are the physical changes that happen when a person is
stressed. If we stressed once in a while it is not a problem as body itself
recovers within specific time. If this stress is a continuous one, then body
will not get enough time to recover itself.

            Stress can be acute or
relative. Acute like real threat that every person face like earthquake in
town, or natural disaster. Relative stressors are like those which effects in
certain portion of individuals and not all. Like giving presentation in front
of big audience group, gives stress only for few people but not for all. The
stressor is just event, it can be physical conditions, physiological,
psychological or social conditions or may be work place related conditions.

            When we are fight or
flight mode, our physiological system goes into high gear interpreting that
under threat, triggers the activation of Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)
axis. The Hypothalamus, a small portion of our brain located above the brain
stem stimulates the pituitary- a small gland near the base of our brain. Pituitary
releases a hormone into the blood stream called adrenocorticotropic hormone
(ACTH). When ACTH travels in the blood and reaches the adrenal gland, which are
located above the kidneys and triggers secretion of so-called stress hormones.
The two main stress hormones are glucocorticoids (Cortisol) and catecholamine’s
(adrenaline and nor adrenaline).  So whenever
we are experiencing stress, entire body undergoes a dramatic changes of
physiological changes that prepares our body for life-threatening emergency. It
was adaptive survival potential, way back when nature’s way of keeping us
alive. But now a days we do not face much life threats but still we face lot of
stress in our day to day life affecting our physiological and emotional
reactions.

 

Oxytocin:

            Oxytocin is a
polypeptide synthesized in Hypothalamus and secreted by Pitutary gland.  Oxytocin is generally produced more during
sex, intimacy, reproduction, childbirth and breast feeding. It also associated
with emotions that reduces fear and increase sense of trust with others. Recently,
oxytocin has attracted more social psychologist for its implication as it
increases empathy, trust and gaze around eye region. Oxytocin generates positive
emotions. When Stress hormones increases it leads to muscle tightening, energy
sent to limbs and increases sensitivity to pain. But Oxytocin which is
endorphin relaxes the muscles, energy sent to Uterus and decreases the awareness
to pain. Oxytocin increases through act of touch like receiving a hug, boost
the oxytocin levels relax the cardio respiratory systems. Normally when stress
hormones are released immunity decreases, but when oxytocin released it
increases the immunity.     Oxytocin hormone
generates “tend and befriend” response in place of “fight or flight” response
of stress hormones. Oxytocin reduces the blood pressure and cortisol levels
there by reducing the effects of stress related issues in body. Increased
secretion of Oxytocin helps to make our mind calm and help to increase our
reaction time to the situation thereby reducing the stress.

            The neuroscientist Paul
Zak has extended the study of oxytocin in social bonding of human. “Oxytocin
release is stimulated by acts of kindness or trust by complete strangers”. The
feeling people get when their brains release oxytocin is one of empathy or
emotional connection. Till 1970s and 1980s scientists discovered the extent of oxytocin’s
involvement in behavior. Experiments have been carried out in rats, where
infusion of oxytocin stimulates maternal behavior in virgin females. When
decreased oxytocin levels block oxytocin receptor with the brain reduce maternal
behaviors.

 

 

 

Kundalini Meditation:

            Kundalini yoga is a systematic
and integrated practice for body, mind and soul. Vethathiri Maharishi
systematized this Kundalini yoga in a simplified way which is wholly safe, one
can get the Kundalini power aroused in minutes with the help of Guru. Meditation
helps to focus inside. Vethathiri Maharishi says Dive In to find Divine in
oneself. When we start finding the divine in one self, we tend carry the nature
of divinity that is Love and compassion. When Love and compassion is achieved,
automatically stress is reduced due to increased secretion of Oxytocin.

            During meditation ones
Kundalini power is aroused from mooladhar to higher level of chakras like Agna (between
eyebrows) and Thuriyam (Crown chakra). 
At this stage the frequency of our mind reduces from Beta stage (14 to
40 cycles/sec) to Alpha stage (8 to 13 cycles/sec).  At this stage the person will be less prone to
trigger of external factors. He can focus inside and stressors will not affect
him that leads to release of stress hormones. Maharishi says that Meditation
happens when projecting mind is the world and when it retracts and merges in
the life force which is its source. When we start meditating on the source
itself we tend to get the quality of the source or divinity which leads to
stress free life.

            Baseless expectation
leads to unnecessary disappointments says Maharishi. When one does meditation
it increases the awareness. When awareness increases it increases the will
power, will power increases the power of thought, thought force activates the
physical body and eventually results are produced.

            Blessing is also one of
main practice that is done after meditation. When we bless others, first thing
that happens is that you are blessed automatically.  The good vibration of
the thought makes a positive physical, chemical and psychological change in
you.   A counter example would help us understand this. When we get
angry with someone, what happens to us? Our Blood pressure increases, eyes
become red etc. Similarly when we bless, first the positive impact will be on
us. Then, this impacts the person on whom it is directed positively etc. A
portion of the waves reflect and come back to you. A portion of the waves
refract and influence those around too. A portion of the waves keep interacting
between the two and a portion of the waves penetrate. In short, Clash,
Reflection, Refraction, Penetration and Interaction are the fivefold action.
See how beneficial the result will be, with its multifarious effects on both
the sender and the receiver as well as on others. Blessing after meditation has
a strong effect and it helps for trust and empathy around people around us. Blessings
without remembering the ill feelings only will bring results.  Shri
Vethathiri Maharishi says ‘When you bless, Enmity will go. When you have enmity
you can’t bless’.  This is most important
science for social bonding. We get peace and harmony around us thereby reducing
the release of stress hormones.

           

Stress Management through Kundalini Meditation:

            According to Vedic
science the inner consciousness activates the physical body. Meditation connects
with the deep inner self. This correlates the scientific view of DNA
(deoxyribonucleic acid) in the body.  DNA
proceeds to RNA (ribonucleic acid) then to the amino acids, through which
proteins are formed. In meditation DNA starts a new cycle and provided with
whatever is needed for activities of the cell. This changes the inner self
(seat of knowledge, like DNA) provides inner peace and bliss, which removes the
accumulated stresses of life and improves overall health.

            When we meditate we
expand our mind, understand the law of nature and maintain awareness in
thought, word and deed. This leads to Harmony, happiness and peace within
oneself. Stress happens only when a person is in Beta stage where he becomes
emotional, remains incapable of realizing “Self” or the Divine State. Constant
practice takes our consciousness to even subtler levels, where it becomes one
with Super Consciousness.

            As vessels cleaned up
for next day use, meditation need to be performed daily for stress free life
and peaceful life. During meditation the frequencies of our mind waves
gradually come down from Beta level of 14-40 cycles/second, to Alpha Level of
8-13 cycles/second. This is sleep with awareness state. Meditation when
performed with full realization correct ourselves, as well as strengthen and
clean our minds for improving own selves.

 

 

Methods:

The Simplified Kundalini Yoga (SKY) systematized by Yogiraj Vethathiri
Maharishi offers holistic approach of health by providing Meditation for Mental
health, Physical exercise for physical health and Introspection practices for
social health. Though it was observed that the following of Simplified
Kundalini Yoga leads to mental peace and happiness, there was no scientific
proof for the same. To understand the same, a pilot study was carried out in
voluntary subjects who have normal household and official stress and observed
significant changes in Oxytocin levels. The blood was collected before starting
SKY practice and these participants were taught SKY practice by respective
teachers who also initiated the participants. It is also to be noted that few
participants were already following practice. All the participants strictly
followed the practice and maintained the log for the practice. Those who followed
the practice for at least 70 % were taken for further analysis. After 3 months
of regular practice, blood samples were collected again from all the
participants.

                Three
types of meditation were taught for these participants. Agna meditation between
eyebrows, Shanthi meditation on Mooladhar chakra which is at the center of the
body at the end of the tip of the tail bone and Thuriyam which is the crown
chakra. These meditation practices were performed by participants on daily basis
and recorded. Meditation was done for 20 minutes every day, 5 minutes of Agna
meditation and 10 minutes of Thuriyam meditation followed by blessings.
Blessings will follow, like auto suggestion, then blessing the Life partner,
then Children, brothers and sisters, close relatives and friends, then blessing
the people we are interacting daily and finally blessing the enemies or any
miscreants.

 

 

 

Results:

These blood samples were
processed to get sera samples and these samples were stored at -80 deg C till
the analysis of oxytocin which was measured by ELISA assay. We have conducted
the paired “t” test in the samples which were collected before and after SKY
practice. The analysis revealed that oxytocin was found to be increased after
the 3 months SKY practice.  The increased
oxytocin levels were also associated with the reduction in other stress
parameters.

 

Conclusion:

By practicing Kundalini yoga with Meditation in day to day life, one can
achieve inner happiness and peace by leading a healthy life and increased
levels of oxytocin might be required to achieve the same.