100 + independent studies conducted on four continents and published in peer-reviewed journals have demonstrated a comprehensive range of benefits from practicing SKY (Sudarshan Kriya Yoga and accompanying breathing techniques).
SKY enhances deep sleep
SKY practitioners spent significantly more time in deeper sleep (stages 3 and 4) than age matched controls (~3 time more). They spent 13% of their total sleep time in the deeper, restful SWS state vs. only 4% in the control group.
Sulekha et al (2006)
SKY decreases anxiety
73% of individuals suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) despite 12 weeks of standard psychiatric care (drugs and psychotherapy) experienced significant reductions in anxiety, and 41% achieved remission 4 weeks after learning SKY. Katzman MA et al (2012)
SKY significantly decreases everyday anxiety. (*- p value <0.01). Kjellgren et al (2007)
SKY increase life satisfaction
Using standardized life satisfaction measures, participants life satisfaction scores changed from ‘slightly satisfied’ with life to being ‘satisfied’ with life 1 week after learning SKY, which persisted 4 weeks post intervention.
Goldstein et al (2016)
SKY benefits vs mindfulness and emotional regulation
A randomized controlled trial of 131 participants comparing SKY to the interventions of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Foundations of Emotional Intelligence (EI) and a control group found that the participants who practiced SKY Breath Meditation experienced the greatest improvements in mental health, social connectedness, positive emotions, stress levels, depression, and mindfulness benefits.
Seppälä et al (2020)
- Sulekha, S., et al., Evaluation of sleep architecture in practitioners of Sudarshan Kriya yoga and Vipassana meditation*. Sleep and Biological Rhythms, 2006. 4(3): p. 207-214.
- Katzman, M.A., et al., A multicomponent yoga-based, breath intervention program as an adjunctive treatment in patients suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder with or without comorbidities. International journal of yoga, 2012. 5(1): p. 57.
- Kjellgren, A., et al., Wellness through a comprehensive yogic breathing program – a controlled pilot trial. BMC Complement Altern Med, 2007. 7: p. 43.
- Goldstein, M.R., et al., Improvements in well-being and vagal tone following a yogic breathing-based life skills workshop in young adults: Two open-trial pilot studies. International journal of yoga, 2016. 9(1): p. 20.
- Seppälä, et al., Promoting Mental Health and Psychological Thriving in University Students: A Randomized Controlled trial of three well-being interventions. Front. Psychiatry, 15 July 2020.