Bio Chemistry Research on Sudarshan Kriya

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 “If we reduce the number of oxygen radicals, we improve the antioxidant status in our body and live longer.” – Manoj Jain
Ever wondered what causes us to age, resulting in death of our body cells over the years, or develop heart disease leading to plaque in the artery, or suffer from cancer causing cells to mutate and grow erratically? The answer may be simpler than we think.
Some researchers say the common denominator in all these conditions is the antioxidant status — the level of a chemical process that takes place in our cells and genes. Like we measure our cholesterol level, researchers argue, we can measure our antioxidant status and determine how vulnerable we are to diseases.
In a pilot study, biochemists at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) studied the effect of Sudarshan Kriya on the antioxidant status of individuals. Sudarshan Kriya is a well known rhythmic breathing technique promoted by The Art of Living workshops. It is preceded by Ujjayi Pranayam or long and deep breaths with constriction at the base of throat and Bhastrika or fast and forceful breaths through the nose along with arm movements.
Before we talk about their findings, let’s step back into our biochemistry class and understand what antioxidant status means. According to the free-radical theory, the cells in our body are being constantly damaged and destroyed by oxygen radicals, similar to what dirt and rust do to our cars. Oxygen radicals are different from oxygen gas in that they are molecules that are highly charged and detrimental byproducts of cell reactions. Our body has an antioxidant defense system that constantly searches and destroys these oxygen radicals, much like our immune system, which polices our body for foreign agents such as bacteria and viruses and eliminates them. If the antioxidant defense system of our body is weak, then the number of oxygen radicals increases, causing our cells to die quickly. This results in inflammation and plaque within our heart vessels or prompts the cells to mutate into cancer cells. If we reduce the number of oxygen radicals, we improve the antioxidant status in our body, and we live longer and lead a disease free life. It is important that we try to reduce the level of oxygen radicals and strengthen our defense system. We can increase our antioxidant levels through our diet. A healthy diet of vegetable and fruit increases our intake of important antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C, E, and beta carotene. Some initial studies have shown the benefit of higher antioxidants in our diet, but larger studies have not detected the benefit — so the jury is still out. Smoking, alcohol and chronic psycho-social problems like work and family pressures, can increase oxidative stress. This stress affects our complex molecules and genes. Yoga and meditation can relieve this stress. Will Sudarshan Kriya have a similar effect?
A team lead by Dr Neeta Singh and Dr Vinod Kochupillai, former chief of IRCH and Head of Medical Oncology at IRCH ( Institute rotary cancer hospital) at AIIMS, tested the blood of 42 persons who were practicing Sudarshan Kriya for over 1 year and compared it with the blood of 42 healthy individuals who were not practicing any form of physical exercise or stress management techniques. What the researchers found was thought provoking. Clearly, the cellular activity between the two groups was different. The Kriya practitioners had a better antioxidant status at the enzyme and the gene level. Also they had less DNA damage and cell aging. It is difficult to know if this change will lead to longer life span, decrease rates of cancer, or lessen heart disease, but “we should practice some type of breathing technique once a day to reduce stress,” said Dr Neeta Singh, who herself does it everyday. Though biochemical science and spirituality may seem miles apart, it is heartening to see ancient practices and modern science converging in man’s endeavour to live a richer and healthier life. Millions around the globe have benefited by practicing Sudarshan Kriya. Fill in the form below to learn how Sudarshan Kriya can transform your life too

Sudarshan Kriya Benefits Doctor from Texas

This video is the experience sharing of Dr. Tina Fanning, a doctor in MD Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston, Texas. She was suffering from severe pain due to fibromyalgia and Sudarshan Kriya™ helped her recover.

Fibromyalgia is caused by hormonal disturbances to stress to genetics and combination of many physical and emotional stressors. The Sudarshan Kriya may provide antidote to stress by physiologically counteracting the sympathetic effects. In a normal situation (in the absence of stress), the practice of rapid breathing interspersed with adequate pauses of slow breathing may provide tool for relaxation and vivid imagery. Sudarshan kriya rapidly improves psychological and physiological symptoms of post-traumatic stress, including insomnia, nightmares, anxiety, depression, hyperarousal, overreactivity to triggers, re-experiencing, emotional numbing, social withdrawal, loss of appetite, and angry outbursts. Anxiety, depression, and PTSD are associated with SNS overactivity or erratic activity and PNS underactivity. Evidence suggests yoga breathing normalizes SNS activity and increases PNS tone as indicated by heart rate variability.

Sudarshan Kriya Gives Me Clarity of Mind and Greater Depth – Manjari

My name is Manjari. I’m a hospitality professional. I’ve been practicing the Sudarshan Kriya technique for 10 years and I’ve seen a change in myself. I have a level of calmness which gives me clarity of mind and helps me to make right decisions.  It also makes me a happier person. There is more depth to everything that I do now. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan Kriya Benefited Me Quit My Addictions – Mahesh

My name is Mahesh Dhadge. I am from Umerga in the State of Maharashtra, India. Before I did the Sudarshan Kriya technique, I was an addict and didn’t have a proper relationship with my Mom and Dad or with my friends, as I was a terrible person then. Since doing the Sudarshan Kriya, I got connected with my Mom and Dad. I had been a chain smoker and drank alcohol, but after regular practice of the Sudarshan Kriya, I dropped all these addictions. I have been practicing the Sudarshan Kriya continuously, without missing a single day, for four years and it feels fantastic! Every day is new, and the whole day goes very well if I start it with the practice of the Sudarshan Kriya. That’s all!

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan Kriya is Like Mental Cleansing to Me – Kuba

My name is Kuba from Canada.  I do storytelling for a living.  I also enjoy photography and film work.  When I first did the Sudarshan Kriya technique, it was so cleansing for my mind and body.  When we wake up in the morning, we want to feel fresh before we start our day, so we brush our teeth and take a shower.  In the same way, practicing the Sudarshan Kriya technique cleanses your entire system.  You feel rejuvenated and ready to go. You feel awesome!

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

I’m So Happy All the Time, Thanks to Sudarshan Kriya! – Bibiana

Hello. My name is Bibiana. I’m from Argentina. For me the Sudarshan Kriya experience is a very nice state. It makes me happy.  It takes away my problems. Nothing else in my life had changed, but when I added the practice of Sudarshan Kriya, I had no more problems! No matter what happens I am very, very happy all the time. I laugh more and I have better relationships with my family.  When I stay good, all my family is good too! Thanks to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for the Sudarshan Kriya technique!

Sudarshan Kriya Benefits – Makes Me Happy, So I Can Help Others More! – Wanda

Hello. My name is Wanda. I am from Poland. I am an Ayurvedic Technician, in other words I give Ayurvedic treatments to clients.  The  Sudarshan Kriya breathing technique has completely changed my life. After doing the Sudarshan Kriya, I feel happier and more grateful for what I have and I share with others as well, because it is not only about my life, it’s for others too. When I feel happy,when I am fulfilled, then I can help more people and I think that is the most magic part of Sudarshan Kriya. I used to have lots of health problems and now they’re all gone. My whole family has attended the Art of Living (AOL) Happiness program and every morning we do our Sudarshan Kriya practice together.  It is amazing to see the difference between the way our lives were before, and how they are now. I highly recommend it for everyone.

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Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan Kriya A Life Changing Experience by Tan Shan Xian, Malaysia

Sudarshan Kriya Experience Of Tan Shan Xian, Malaysia:
 Hi, my name is Tan Shan Xian. I am from Malaysia. I am a student right now. My experience of Sudarshan Kriya has been wonderful, recharging, its a fascinating technique to rejuvenate our soul. It makes us more energetic. I find myself  more focused with improved level of understanding with better memorizing patterns. Now I have the capacity to think more logically . Its like, when I am studying science subjects, I am able to practically implement my knowledge and imagine things in a much clear and better way instead of just by hearing them .My thought productivity has increased. Sudarshan kriya is something mystical and very powerful. I can feel the energy flow within me once I am done with my Sudarshan Kriya. So I hope all of you continue practicing it everyday, since it’s quite beneficial for you. Just do it you will feel the energy coming within you.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan kriya A Heartfelt Experience by Sara

Sara shares her Sudarshan Kriya experience,” I thought I had a perfect life but I was searching for something more. My life was empty and dull. It was all about shopping and dining and I found myself very shallow and empty inside. I had a hollowness in my life. In 2001, my friend introduced me to the Art of Living Course and after Sudarshan Kriya, I felt liberated from within. I was looking for freedom on the outside but I felt hollow from within. This clarity and focus of mind and this happiness was inexplicable and what I read in the textbooks, I started experiencing within myself and I am extremely thankful to the Art of Living and specially to His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Guruji for pioneering this divine gift to us and just to mention I had a chronic heart ailment and doctors were clueless about the cause of my suffering and after doing Sudarshan Kriya, my breathlessness was gone and I got an immense relief from the heart ailment that I was suffering from a long time. This technique brings you in the present moment. This is the power of now. Not only your health improves, you become so relieved and light hearted. I would like to encourage everyone in the world to do Sudarshan Kriya. Without it, one cannot attain once peace of mind and happiness that one longs for and freedom from the daily unwanted foundations that we create in our lives. We talk about political freedom but freedom from within is priceless and has an unknown pleasurable essence in it.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan kriya A life Strengthening Experience of Kanu Priya Rawat

Kanu Priya Rawat, Graphic Designer shares, ” I did my first Sudarshan Kriya in 2006. After doing it, I felt a sense of peace, calmness I never experienced before. Over a period of time, I practiced Sudarshan Kriya by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and I realized lot of changes within me which not only helped me improve my relationships but also helped me make new friends. Before doing Sudarshan Kriya, I used to be a very weak hearted person. I would get upset for days together. I used to react to things spontaneously and it would take me time to balance up my inner self but after doing Sudarshan Kriya I feel effortless to come back to the present moment and I am living my life more positively and enthusiastically.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan kriya An Enthusiastic Experience by Abhijeet Pawar

Abhijeet Pawar, HR Professional shares,” I did my first Sudarshan Kriya in 2009 and from then I continued doing it. I can’t afford missing my Sudarshan Kriya. It flushes out the whole lot of negativity from me. Before Sudarshan Kriya, I was like a lost guy. My life was like a robo – I indulged in the same monotonous routine everyday – going to the college, coming back, doing work and having no fun, it was filled with extreme level of dullness and lethargy. But after Sudarshan Kriya, my life has completely changed.  My work efficiency and my productivity has increased massively. Precisely my life is full of enthusiasm and liveliness . Sudarshan Kriya rocks.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan kriya- Awakening experience by Michael

Michael, Rural Development Researcher shares, “I started doing Sudarshan Kriya four years ago when I was a student. Doing this technique helped me lot to focus and finish off my studies in a much more easier and quicker time. It helped me lot to improve my relationship with my family and friends because I used to get lot of stress from school and college. So Sudarshan Kriya was very helpful in transforming my approach towards life . Now I am working from past two years in India and its been a great help for me to stay away from my home country.- different food, different culture, different people, getting adapted to a different culture and lifestyle is not much of an effort for me now. Sudarshan Kriya has helped me lot to develop my skills professionally and have an improvised public relation. So I am very happy I learnt this technique. It takes just half an hour everyday and I don’t miss one single day.

When I was first introduced to the Sudarshan Kriya, I was seventeen years old I remember saying “Why do I need this technique of breathing, I don’t need, I am happy” I showed a lot of reluctance to doing Kriya. But when I did it for the first time, I started feeling blissful, getting charged with an unimaginable flow of energy and joy. Doing this technique as a young man,  helped me lot to improve my emotional life and live my life with stability. Some people think doing yoga and breathing techniques are boring but they are indeed mistaken instead its full of fun and very dynamic. So its a very beautiful experience.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan kriya A Life Transforming experience of Dhanya P

Dhanya P, HR Executive shares on Sudarshan Kriya, ” Its been eight years I did the Sudarshan Kriya and it really helped me a lot. One thing which I have got with Sudarshan Kriya is that it has helped to gain a lot of confidence and has taught me how to accept myself as I am. I have become more loving and caring to people. It has helped me to be more sensitive to other people. Before that I was very rude and would stick to what I say is right. I learnt ways to accept people and be more sensitive to people. So I have become a better human being. I like Sudarshan Kriya because it nullifies out all the things of the past. It helps me to be free and lively and I can start my day with a smile.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan kriya A Spirit Arousing Experience of Arie B

Arie B from Netherlands shares, “I used to be hyperactive. I could not sit still. I was very much troubled by my emotions and I found this very challenging. I always used to get caught up in situations like thinking about what happened in the past, be anxious about what would happen in the future and I still remember when I did Sudarshan Kriya, It is a skill that taught me to be peaceful .At times when there is so much of turbulence around you and when you do Sudarshan Kriya you become extremely peaceful inside and even though everyone around you is making noise, you can still undertake good decisions, you can still make the right choices, you still know what to do, you still have that clarity and the capacity to respond to people and not react. It is an amazing skill and it is never ever in my life I experienced such a peace and relaxation. Everything becomes so clean from within – all the problems, anxieties just gets vanishes away. To me, Sudarshan Kriya is like taking a shower inside, I feel fresh at anytime of the day. It will give you that constant energy and clarity. Its something that is for everyone.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan kriya An Inspiring experience by Aman K Lohia

Aman K Lohia, a software professional shares on Sudarshan Kriya, “ I learnt Sudarshan Kriya six years ago, back then I was studying and facing a lot of challenges ; was not able to grasp things and understand. Once I learnt Sudarshan Kriya, within few months, I improved dramatically. I was able to focus, my concentration improved. I learnt many things in a short span of time and that has really helped me gain confidence in my career. I used to think whether I will be able to complete my engineering but with regular practice, I managed to do the executive program from IIM Lucknow also. So that has been a really good journey and best part is I was able to achieve more in a short span of time and I am able to do things which I always wanted to do. I can focus on my work, I can take up projects, I learnt swimming, I learnt music and what not.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan kriya An Incentivizing Experience of Gurpreet Singh Jolly

Gurpreet Singh Jolly, Businessman, shares his experience about Sudarshan Kriya.
“I used to have migraine since 1992 and often there would be days where I’d go completely blank, I won’t remember anyone or anything, what I am doing or where I am going…would always remain annoyed & very irritated, started losing my health and wealth both. My everyday life became very disturbed. Sudarshan Kriya worked as a wonder for me and helped me overcome almost all the mentioned troubles I had.”

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan Kriya Ravisha Kathuriya’s Astounded Experience

Ravisha Kathuriya who works as a content creator shares, “Sudarshan Kriya has added a new flavor to everything I do. It has given me a unique identity. It has actually redefined me but more so it has helped me being natural to express myself. Now I don’t have to make an effort to impress someone. Sudarshan Kriya has helped me get out of problems and obsession tendencies of my mind. When you do Sudarshan Kriya, you are so calm that you get the aerial view of the problem so you know the clear picture of everything. 

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Julia Tang’s Life Turning Sudarshan Kriya Experience

Julia Tang, teacher from USA shares about Sudarshan Kriya, “I started practicing  Sudarshan Kriya in 1998 and before doing the Kriya, I used to get little stressed and burnt out from the work I did- managing with a group of kids drained me down. But now after doing the kriya, I find more energy and stamina, more time for myself , and I am in more presence with the children. It has created a deep impact in my life and that’s not it, it keeps getting better.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.

Sudarshan Kriya experience of Art of Living participant, Goa

She shares “I was an amebiasis patient for almost 15 years, due to which I just couldn’t eat or drink anything outside being in pollution free place like Goa to where I belong. I always had to carry food and water while going out. Just 3 weeks after Sudarshan Kriya… a next of kin called me and asked about my health and I was like “what happened to me…?”  And suddenly I realized my abdominal pain was just nowhere to be found, it just vanished….! all thanks to the magic of Sudarshan Kriya.

Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful breathing technique cognized by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The technique, taught in the Art of Living Happiness program, has benefited millions of people across all walks of life – youth, corporate executives, trauma affected, underprivileged, children and homemakers.