Effects of Sahaja Yoga Meditation on Epilepsy

One of the most consistent findings in the meditation literature is the effectiveness of Sahaja Yoga meditation in epilepsy.

A series of studies have shown significant reductions of the number of seizures in patients with epilepsy of up to 86% after 6 months of treatment with Sahaja Yoga meditation compared to sham meditation.

Sahaja Yoga elicited a reduction in seizures of 65% after 3 months and of 86% after 6 months. The sham meditation condition or non-treatment lead to no significant changes over 6 months. In addition, there was also a reduction of stress-related physiological indicators only in those patients treated with Sahaja Yoga meditation.

  • An increase in skin resistance indicating decreased sympathetic activity (more relaxation).
  • An reduction in in blood lactate indicating less anxiety.
  • An reduction in vanillil mandelic acid (VMA), indicating reduced stress levels.

The authors argue that the reduction in stress following Sahaja Yoga practice may be responsible for the clinical improvement of their epilepsy.

References:

Gupta H, Dudani U, Singh SH, Surange SG, Selvamurthy W. (1991): Sahaja Yoga in the management of intractable epileptics. Journal of Association of Physicians of India 39(8):649.

Panjwani U, Gupta H, Singh SH, Selvamurthy W, Rai UC. (1995): Effect of Sahaja Yoga practice on stress management in patients of epilepsy. Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 39:111-116.

Panjwani U, Selvamurthy W, Singh SH, Gupta HL, Mukhopadhyay S, Thakur L. (2000): Effect of Sahaja yoga meditation on Auditory Evoked Potentials (AEP) and Visual Contrast Sensitivity (VCS) in epileptics. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback 25(1):1-12.

Panjwani U, Selvamurthy W, Singh SH, Gupta HL, Thakur L, Rai UC. (1996): Effect of Sahaja yoga practice on seizure control and EEG changes in patients of epilepsy. Indian Journal of Medical Research 103:165-172.

Yardi N. (2001): Yoga for control of epilepsy. Seizure-European Journal of Epilepsy 10(1):7-12.