Working in partnership with the International Association for Human Values (IAHV), we offer simple breathing techniques that help alleviate physical and emotional stress, techniques that improve clarity of thought and productivity, and practical recommendations for living a balanced life.
Research suggests that SKY Breath Meditation may reduce depression, anxiety, PTSD, stress and addictive behaviors. It significantly increases feelings of well-being, optimism and positivity, and it improves mental focus and the ability to regulate emotions. SKY is also associated with enhanced antioxidant status and immune system function.
By eliminating the effects of stress from the system, one enjoys greater happiness, better health and peace of mind. People who practice SKY Breath Meditation (also known as Sudarshan Kriya™) report feeling stronger, more energetic, and calmer.
SKY Reduces Anxiety & Depression
Research has shown that breathing and emotions are tightly linked. For example, anxiety is accompanied with short rapid breaths, while feelings of depression are accompanied by short, shallow inhalations and long exhalations.
Emotions have been documented to change breathing patterns and breathing patterns have been documented to change emotions. Controlled patterns of breathing thus can serve as powerful tools to impact and shift emotional states.
SKY Improves Mental Clarity & Focus
EEG changes were recorded in 19 SKY practitioners outside the practice of SKY and compared with the EEG patterns of 16 controls (doctors and medical researchers who did not practice SKY, yoga or meditation). Significant increases in beta activity were observed in the left frontal, parieto-occipital and midline regions of the brain in the SKY practitioners, as compared to controls. These results are interpreted by neurologists as indicative of increased mental focus/heightened awareness. It is striking to note that SKY practitioners displayed significantly greater mental alertness (beta activity) than the control group of physicians and medical researchers, whose profession requires development and daily use of these very skills.
SKY Increases Optimism and Well-Being
SKY Enhances Immune System Function
Physiological studies have shown that stress from any source can influence the endocrine and immune system. Cytokines and cortisol seem to play an important role in the communication of these systems. Various studies have been conducted to examine lipids and lipoproteins under different stressors. SKY practice has the potential to overcome stress by improving lipid profile and blood cell parameters.