Stresses in the body and mind are released during Maharishi Yoga asanas, so the mind can settle down more easily during Transcendental Meditation.
by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA, Review
18 July 2018
The practice of Maharishi Yoga asanas significantly increases happiness and fosters a greater depth of experience during the Transcendental Meditation technique, according to a study by Maharishi University of Management alumna Sonja Gobec recently published in the International Journal of Yoga.
Maharishi Yoga asanas consists of a series of yoga poses practiced slowly and without strain.
The study, coauthored by professor Fred Travis, included 13 MUM students taking the four-week Maharishi Asana Course and compared them with a matched control group of 13 students taking other courses at the university.
The students were given two assessments, Profile of Mood States and Meditation Depth Questionnaire, as well as a question on degree of happiness that used a 7-point scale.
In her paper, Ms. Gobec suggested that the Maharishi Yoga asanas are an optimal preparation for one's body and mind to transcend thoughts and mental processes during subsequent Transcendental Mediation practice.
"Stresses in the mind or body (mental or physical pain, for example) keep the mind on the surface and disallow transcending," Ms. Gobec wrote.
"Maharishi Yoga asanas help process and release stresses from the body and mind. Thus, the process of transcending could occur faster and the meditation session could be experienced as deeper, as was reported by the subjects in this study."
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