A Scientific Proof Paper by Mohit Kumar, Australia
Nitai Yoga is a free, universal and secular daily meditation that results in the empowerment and betterment of the self. It is a potent mix of powerful and ancient yogic processes such as mental visualization, breathing and sound therapy which work together to improve the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the practitioner. Thus it awards health, love, peace, bliss, prosperity, and overall success in life.
The mental visualisation of the powerful “निताइ” (Nitai) mantra has changed the life of many individuals throughout the world and their testimonials are witness to this. This essay will briefly describe the scientific proof and benefits of Nitai Yoga and its associated therapies. Drawing from primary scientific literature and studies, this essay will demonstrate how Nitai Yoga has a real and observable effect on one’s physical and mental well-being.
For the sake of brevity, we have only presented a handful of major findings here, as the evidences for Nitai Yoga are overwhelming in scientific literature and too numerous for all to be presented here.
Our scientific proof will revolve around the three modules of Nitai Yoga. The American Psychological Association’s (APA) dictionary defines meditation as a “deep, prolonged reflective contemplation, which is often designed to alter the state of the consciousness”. Nitai Meditation fulfills all of these criteria and incorporates many meditative therapies together in a way that the practitioner is able to reap the greatest benefit.
B) Scientific Benefits of Visualization in Nitai Meditation
1) Nitai Visualization results in an increase in cognitive and emotional function.
A peer reviewed source from National Library of Medicine has concluded that any form of meditation that involves concentration (i.e. visualizing a Mantra such as निताइ), results in a significant boost to cognitive control, emotional regulation, and improves both non-social and social decision making. A particular study found that this type of meditation was associated with “improved sustained attention”, “decreased reaction time” and a “greater capacity for working memory”.
2) Nitai Visualization results in long term and positive changes in the brain.
Neuroimaging done by scientists have shown that long term practitioners of visualization meditation have long lasting changes in their brains. These scans show that those who perform meditation that involve deep focus, (like Nitai Yoga) have brains that show “increased cortical thickness in the prefrontal cortex and right anterior insula, greater grey matter concentration in the right insula, and increased grey matter density in the brain stem”. These areas are associated with intelligence, memory and cognitive function, all of which are improved by the process of Nitai Yoga.
Another study by Dr Richard. J.Davidson showed that similar forms of focused meditation resulted in activation of multiple brain regions implicated in monitoring (dorsolateral prefrontal cortex), engaging attention (visual cortex), and attentional orienting (e.g., the superior frontal sulcus, the supplementary motor area, and the intraparietal sulcus). The finding supported the view that attention span can be trained and increased through techniques like Nitai Yoga.
A later study by Harvard neuroscientists found that similar meditation techniques resulted in an increase in grey matter in areas of the brain involved with learning, memory, regulation of emotions, sense of self and perception.
These studies show very clearly that Nitai Yoga can have a long lasting and positive effect on brain structure resulting in huge boosts to intelligent and cognitive thinking.
3) Nitai Meditation and Breathing improves cardiovascular function and decreases depression and anxiety symptoms.
A study by Dr Jayaram Srinivasam (MD MPH) and Dr Patrick Breheny (PHD) demonstrated that processes such as deep breathing, silent mantra repetition and mental visualization, all of which are found in Nitai Yoga, resulted in statistically significant improvements in “blood pressure, respiratory rate, Beck Depression Inventory, depression, anxiousness, happiness, and peacefulness”
A further study by Dr Kevin Chen (MPH Ph.D) et al supported the conclusion that such meditative therapies are effective at reducing anxiety symptoms. Yet another study demonstrated that the techniques used in Nitai Yoga are effective at reducing the density of brain tissue associated with anxiety and worrying and hence are excellent at combating these disorders.
4) Nitai Yoga lowers depressive symptoms and ruminative thinking (obsessive and compulsive worrying).
A study published in the International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy concluded that those individuals who practice techniques like Nitai Yoga (which involve long term focus on an object, such as the syllables of the निताइ), experienced less ruminative thinking and depressive symptoms. The study concluded that persistent and long term meditators had the lowest ruminative and depressive symptoms compared to those that did not perform the process.
Another study confirmed that meditative techniques were able to alleviate pain, anxiety and depression to a “similar degree as antidepressant drug therapy” (with no negative side effects of a prescription drug).
5) Nitai Yoga can generate an increase in gamma wave activity in the brain.
A case study of Tibetan monks (who practice deep breathing and mantra visualization) found long term meditation increases gamma wave levels in the brain. Increased Gamma levels are associated with peak concentration and high levels of cognitive functioning. Both deep breathing and mantra visualization are practices found in Nitai Yoga.
6) Nitai Yoga can help you cope with pain.
A research study from the University of Montreal found that long term practitioners of mediation techniques (such a mantra visualization and mental repetition) were able to cope with greater degrees of pain compared with those that did not. The results showed a 40-50% lower brain response to pain. This conclusion was also supported by a study published in the National Library of Medicine.
7) Nitai Yoga improves memory and learning.
Several studies have found that meditational techniques such as the ones used in Nitai Yoga (such as mental mantra visualization) boost rapid memory recall and learning capacity as well increase the ability to focus in spite of distractions. Another study showed that that even after only four sessions of meditation training, participants had significantly improved visuospatial processing, working memory, and executive functioning. As these findings show, Nitai Yoga is an excellent way to train and improve mental capacity of all individuals.
8) Nitai Yoga promotes compassion and love towards others.
A study by Gaelle Desbordes (Ph.d) showed that meditation can also have long term positive effects on the emotive state which can last long after the meditation is finished. They showed that subjects were able to focus their attention and greatly reduce emotional reactions and this ability was retained over a period as long as 8 weeks. Even after the meditation period, the subjects “experienced more compassion for others when faced with disturbing images.”.
9) Nitai Yoga reduces risk of heart diseases and stroke.
A study published in 2012 followed 200 high risk heart disease prone individuals who were asked to either take a health education class or a meditation class. Those individuals who chose the meditation class practiced a form of meditation that involved deep mantra visualization and breathing exercises such as the ones found in Nitai mediation.
The Researchers found that there was a “48% reduction in the overall risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from any cause among members of the meditation group compared to those from the health education group. The meditating group enjoyed an average drop of 4.9 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure compared to the control group and also reported less stress and less anger”.
Another randomized study of men and women with heart disease found that the above meditation techniques resulted in “significantly reduced risk for mortality, myocardial infarction, and stroke in coronary heart disease patients.”
C) Scientific Benefits of Nitai Sound Therapy
1) Nitai Sound Therapy can improve emotional functioning
A review of more than 21 scientific studies showed that singing or hearing a musical mantra (such as the निताइ mantra) can have a wide range of positive effects on emotional functioning. The review concluded that music therapy (such as Nitai singing and hearing) was able to improve global and social functioning in patients with severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia or Parkinson’s and also those patients who had mild depressive symptoms or sleep problems. Other studies have proved a correlation between music hearing and improved cognitive function in subjects who have suffered from a stroke.
2) Nitai Sound Therapy can help reduce stress and alleviate pain.
In a review of over 400 studies, Dr Mona Lisa Chanda (Ph.d) found that hearing or listening to music improves the body’s immune system and reduces stress. In particular, deep listening to musical sounds was found to be more effect then prescriptions drugs then reducing anxiety before surgeries.
Another study found that listening to music decreases the level of the cortisol hormone (which is responsible for stress) in the body. This is especially important since 60% of all illnesses and diseases are caused by stress. Even simple participation in a musical activity such as Nitai singing or hearing is enough to provide a lasting boost to the immune system, as confirmed by a study conducted by Willemette University USA.
3) Nitai Sound Therapy makes you happy.
Scientists have proven that music is deeply and intricately linked to our brains. When we listen deeply to sounds (like the निताइ mantra) or when sing a mantra with deep concentration, the brain releases the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is responsible for the perception of pleasure in our brains. Neuroscientist Valorie Salimpoor proved this by observing the dopamine levels of individual who were listening to music, and found that their dopamine levels were greatly above the resting point. Nitai Sound Therapy is a process which is able to give individuals a boost of positivity by assisting the release dopamine into their brains.
4) Nitai Sound Therapy helps us to heal from painful injuries and depression
A study led by psychologist Franz Wendtner took 65 patients with chronic back pain and exposed half of them to music therapy (i.e. focused music listening and visualization). He found that the group that engaged in music therapy suffered from far less back pain compared to the other one. This is because the music connects with the autonomic nervous system (the system responsible for autonomic functions such as heart beat and breathing) and is able to slow down and calm these autonomic functions reducing physical tension as well as psychological tension in one’s mind. Singing or Hearing the निताइ mantra for even 5-10 minutes daily can greatly improve sleep patterns and provide pain relief and relaxation to those in great and stressful lives. This fact is further reinforced by a study conducted on college students which showed the music therapy significantly improved sleep quality for students who were deprived of sleep. Furthermore, it was found that these students also experienced a significant decrease in depressive symptoms.
5) Nitai Sound Therapy increases intelligence.
It is a widely accepted fact that those individuals who take an interest in music generally have more developed cognitive functions (such as memory, decision making skill etc) than those who do not. This is because music is able to stimulate and activate the brain. Deep and intense hearing of musical sounds of concentrated singing (such as those used in Nitai Yoga) are methods by which one can train the cognition of the brain. A study found that those subjects who underwent music therapy (daily hearing and singing) had greater attention spans and verbal memory compared to those that didn’t. Furthermore, the music groups experienced less mood swings and depressive symptoms in comparison to the control.
D) Scientific Benefits of Nitai Breathing</span>
1) Nitai Breathing leads to better immune function and counters psychological distress.
Two studies showed that deep breathing combined with meditative concentration resulted in increased expression of the genes that coded for glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase as well as the HSP-70 stress response gene.
These genes are responsible for immune system function and therefore the results suggested that those individuals who practiced this type of meditation had a better immune function and protection from disease then those who didn’t. The increase in the HSP-70 gene suggested that such forms of meditation were effective at countering psychological distress and thereby healing “various disease states, such as depression, cardiovascular disease, and cancer”.
2) Nitai Breathing helps students to reduce anxiety, nervousness, self-doubt, and concentration loss and boost academic performance.
A longitudinal study of 64 college students showed that deep breathing processes such those in Nitai Yoga were effective in reducing stress and boosting academic performance. The students reported having “decreased test anxiety, nervousness, self-doubt, and concentration loss, using the technique outside of the two classes, and believing it helped them academically and would help them as a physician.”
Another study from the Emory Unversity, Atlanda demonstrated that those participants who engaged in focused breathing (such as that used in Nitai Yoga) exhibited increased connectivity of the brain networks allowing them to better maintain concentration and disengage from distractions in everyday life.
3) Nitai Breathing and visualization techniques improves sleep quality.
A six-month study where subjects underwent breathing techniques and creative visualization showed statistically significant decreases in insomnia severity levels, as well an improvement in sleep patterns, mood, vigor, self-esteem and self-control.
4) Nitai Breathing acts as a pain reliever.
In an experiment conducted by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre, 15 healthy volunteers, who were new to meditation, attended four 20-minute classes to learn meditation, focusing on the breathing techniques. The subjects were subjected to pain stimuli, and the results found that such breathing meditation provided a 57% reduction in pain. A “greater reduction in pain than even morphine or other pain-relieving drugs”
These are only a handful of the many scientific and observable effects that Nitai Breathing, Nitai Meditation and Nitai Sound Therapy can have on one’s physical and mental state. In addition to these positive effects, Nitai Yoga has little or no side effects. All that is needed is 5-10 minutes out of one’s day to perform this process. Ultimately the proof of such a process is only in its performance, but the above studies have been cited to show the huge collection of scientific evidence that backs up Nitai Yoga.