Aumkar also known as the “pranava mantra” is the most chanted mantra during and spiritual or regional practices as well as during meditation. Regular practice of aumkar meditation helps in tuning the internal vibratory frequency with the external vibratory frequency, which helps in dealing with the external as well as internal stressful situations during pregnancy. Along with this, it also helps in increasing the parasympathetic system activity which induces relaxation and provides calmness. This is useful in dealing with hormonal emotional outbursts during pregnancy and reduced the pain and fear related to delivery and improved vaginal delivery rates. Hence, the aim of this chapter is to describe how practicing aumkar meditation helps to lead a blissful pregnancy.

Author(s) Details:

Tushara Nair
College of Physiotherapy, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), India.

G. P. Kumar
College of Physiotherapy, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), India.


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Recent Global Research Developments in Meditation’s Impact on Internal Body Regulation

A study titled “The effect of meditation on regulation of internal body states” explored this phenomenon empirically in a group of formally trained meditators [1]. Here are the key findings:

Physiological Quiescence: Meditation is commonly thought to induce physiologically quiescent states. During meditation practice, there are decreased autonomic parameters, including reduced heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and skin conductance. Additionally, there is increased alpha activity in the electroencephalogram (EEG).

Cardiovascular Response: The study investigated whether meditation reduces the cardiovascular response to isoproterenol, a beta adrenergic agonist. However, there was no evidence at the group or individual level suggesting that meditation reduced the cardiovascular response to isoproterenol.

Long-Term Effects: Other investigations have found reductions in physiological parameters (such as heart rate and blood pressure) both during acute meditation practice and following practice over longer periods of time [1].

References

  1. Khalsa SS, Rudrauf D, Davidson RJ and Tranel D (2015) The effect of meditation on regulation of internal body states. Front. Psychol6:924. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00924

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