NADA YOGA MEDITATION TECHNIQUE AND RESEARCH STUDY
Nada yoga Meditation Technique and Research Study
Sarvachintan Samutsrijya Sarvacheshtavivarjitah
Nadamevanusanddhyannade Chittam Viliyate
Nada yoga meditation
A practice that leads to complete cessation of consciousness is called Laya yoga. Nada yoga is one such sadhana recommended in laya yoga. Nada yoga has its roots in the ancient religious scripture, the Rig Veda. Among the many interpretations of the word Nada as “to flow, the sound, Shabd or universal pulse of life” while yoga means union; nada yoga as meditation technique can be understood as the union of the individual and cosmic consciousness through the flow of sound.
Nada yoga is a full spectrum of frequencies; earthly music, sounds of the cosmic/space, entire electromagnetic spectrum of which human ear can perceive only a few of these frequencies. Sage Patanjali mentions, Aum represents Ishwara and is the primal sound, root of all the frequencies and tones. A nada yogi is one who can hum with the frequency of the universe and become one with it by making any sound a tool/instrument to reach the primal sound Aum.
The procedure of the practice is as follows:-
• Sitting comfortably and quietly listen to the sounds or music –preferably classical instrumental.
• The practitioner should have a dedicated focus on this chosen music and practice tune in inward and listen to the sounds coming from within.
• Musical notes vibrating at a similar frequency of that of the nadis purifies them, and associated chakras awaken the dormant spiritual power/energy.
• With one-pointedness like said in the shloka of Upanishads, nada yoga helps in realising self.
Research study on nada yoga:-
• A study to find the effect of nada yoga meditation on the anxiety is as follows:- Thirty participants of age group within 60 -65 yrs practised this technique for15 minutes daily for one month. The test was conducted using a paired t-test. Results proved that nada yoga meditation has positive effects on patients with anxiety.
• A study aimed at finding the effect of learning music as practice nada yoga and their wellbeing using EEG alpha. The study was conducted at DEV Sanskrit Viswavidyalaya, Haridwar through positive quota sampling and results show significant change through an increase in EEG alpha and welfare by finding that the state of the brain was also alpha frequency.
• A study by Jourdan, (1997) regarding the relationship between brain and music was carried using EEG. The results said that both the right and left hemispheres are responsive for music (nada) and suggest it as an effective therapy in the treatment of people suffering from psychotic and non-psychotic mental disorders.
• Podolsky (200) says that singing and playing music enhances blood circulation, removing toxins and useful in the treatment of heart diseases.
Benefits of Nada yoga meditation:-
• Healing of the body
• Balance of mind
• Enthusiastic individual with a sense of well being
• Works as medicine and therapy
• Emotional intelligence
• Is a relaxation treatment in treating anxiety, stress and depression
Hence overall wellbeing enhanced, i.e. in physical, mental and emotional health.
Deity’s like Lord Ganesh created the table drums, Sri Krishna plays the flute, and Sarasvati Devi plays the veena to name a few guiding us and emphasising the importance of nada yoga sadhana.