Kirtan-Kriya boosts brain power, improves health and has a profound spiritual impact on your life and happiness… not to mention, it costs nothing to practice.
The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF), summarized more than a decade of research on a 12-minute singing yoga meditation called Kirtan Kriya (KK) at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Boston. Their research focused on reducing risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and the enhancement of total brain fitness.
Their outcome research findings (below) are categorized under mind, body, and spirit:
Mind and brain power
Improved Memory: People with memory loss improved on important memory tests. In our study of stressed caregivers, the KK practitioners had a better memory after KK meditation training.
Reduced Stress: Studies show cognitive decline caused by both acute and chronic stress secondary to the hormone cortisol’s brain cell-killing effect in the memory center of your brain, the hippocampus. Meditation reduces stress and lowers cortisol levels and, as seen above, can help reverse memory loss.
Enhanced Brain Blood Flow (also called cerebral blood flow or CBF): Patients with cognitive decline and stressed caregivers had increased CBF in critically important areas of their brain, including those well known to influence attention, concentration, focus, memory (hippocampus), depression, trauma and resiliency. Moreover, the first area that goes down in function when a person loses their memory increases with the practice of KK.
Improved Brain Chemistry: It is well known that people who have a decrease in brain energy and function have a reduction in certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Hence, the development of drugs that tried to increase these transmitters. Unfortunately, they are not very effective. KK, however, can help increase neurotransmitters in a more natural way and improve communication between brain cells, thus enhancing brain and memory function.
Body all the way down to the level of genes and DNA
Increased telomerase: Telomerase is the enzyme that controls the length of your telomeres, the cap of your DNA. Longer telomeres equal better health. Shorter telomeres equal Alzheimer’s disease and accelerated aging and a shortened life. An increase of 44 percent in telomerase was shown in our study on highly stressed caregivers doing KK for 12 minutes a day for eight weeks. This is the largest increase in telomerase ever seen.
Decrease in bad genes: 39 stressed caregivers utilizing KK for 12 weeks had what is known as down regulation of inflammatory genes, which signifies a reduction in the activity of the genes that cause inflammation. This is important because inflammation is a hallmark of many illnesses, including Alzheimer’s.
Improved Sleep: Sleep is critically important for optimal brain and body health. Disrupted sleep is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s. KK can help improve sleep.
Spiritual impact on health and well-being
Less depression: 65 percent of subjects showed improvement on Depression Scales. Depression may be a risk factor for cognitive decline.
Clarity of Purpose: Meditators discover clarity of purpose and other aspects of psychological well-being such as acceptance, personal growth, and positive relationships. This has been shown to improve overall health and lower Alzheimer’s risk.
Spiritual Well-Being: Practicing KK creates peace of mind and spiritual well-being, which is something we all can use more of in today’s incredibly hectic and fast paced world.
A special thanks to Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. President and Medical Director of Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation for all of his work… more about Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., click here.
The Sound Of Yin offers Kundalini Yoga Detoxification Classes
We typically take in more than we are able to process and let go of. This Tuesday evening, 4-class series is a way of learning how to clear out toxins in the body and build energy, allowing you to manifest yourself more creatively and completely. More information here on What is Kundalini Yoga.
Attend 1 class or all 4 Kundalini Yoga Classes:
Tuesday Evenings from 5:30 – 6:30
2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3
emBody LOVE on Valentine’s Eve in a special 2-hour HeartCentric Sound of Yin experience!
Friday Feb. 13th 5:30-7:30
It begins with a Loving Kindness Meditation to amplify the shared mind status of patience, kindness, compassion and acceptance expressed both inwardly and outworldly. The practice of Loving Kindness reduces certain negative chemicals (cortisol) in our brain tissue and increase the positive ones (oxytocin), which directly improves our capacity to love and be loved.
Then, we move the spiritual through the physical in a series of deeply relaxing Yin Asanas that focus on heart-opening yoga enhanced with the soothing sounds and rich overtones of singing bowls. The gentle sound massage of these tuned, resonant bowls invokes response at a cellular level, one that evokes a deep-seated sense of peace and well-being.
Intertwined with the healing vibration of Sound Massage Therapy and the restorative powers of a Yin Yoga… we flow into a 30-minute Sound Concert followed by another treat for the senses… wine and chocolate.
Your instructors and sound massage therapists;
Karen Simcik, RYT, CSMT and Chris Zimonick, CSMT, RYT
No previous yoga experience necessary, appropriate for all ages and levels of physical fitness.
Kundalini Yoga – A dynamic yoga practice which clears energy pathways for greater vitality and inner peace. The practices are based on the teachings of Swami Satyananda Saraswati of the Bihar School of Yoga in Bihar, India, and Yogi Bhajan of the 3HO Foundation in Espanola, New Mexico. Students will learn the tools to achieve internal and external harmony as well as practice the ancient Kundalini techniques that promote personal evolution. This class can be taken by everyone seeking deeper internal practices and by anyone looking to build a foundation of balance, integration and change. Appropriate for all levels.
Kundalini Tantra Sadhana – Sadhana means daily spiritual practice. It is the foundation of all spiritual endeavor. Sadhana is your personal, individual spiritual effort. It is the main tool use to work on yourself to achieve the purpose of life. Sadhana is a practice performed during the Amrit Vela ( 2½ hours before dawn), which resets your cycles and patterns to the rhythm of your ultimate aims, your Soul and the heartbeat of the Universe. It will include exercise, meditation, and mantra.
The two practices are especially effective when done in tandem.
Join us to “Set-your-Intentions for 2015” at a luxurious, two-hour, candlelit, Sound of Yin yoga class on New Year’s Day, including a guided meditation and Sound Concert.
In this special class we plan to envision our individual and group intentions for the New Year. Gift yourself the time and space to cultivate, feel and experience the NOW with a group of like-minded individuals. Extract your own personal meaning and direction as we begin 2015. This thorough, deeply relaxing, meditative practice is intertwined with the healing vibration of Sound Massage Therapy.
This particular session of Yin Yoga will be a soft, still, deep and nurturing seated practice that is intended to move Yin energy more freely throughout the body. In addition, sound has a profound effect on the way a person feels, functions and reacts by inducing waves of calm, restorative, relaxation and a deep sense of well-being. Unwind and open the New Year with Yin Yoga and Sound Massage Therapy.
All are welcome, no experience is necessary. You must pre-register and pre-pay (below) as this class will be limited to no more than 24 participants from 4-6 pm on New Year’s Day. Bay Area Yoga Center 2020 S. Webster Ave.
Green Bay, WI
Rejuvenate your body and soul with a gentle meditative yin yoga class intertwined with the healing vibration of sound massage therapy. Please, bring your own yoga mat, blanket, blocks and a strap if you have them otherwise, some props are available.
This class is appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness. Drop-ins are welcome to attend at the single-session rate of $15 or get a 5-class card for $60.