Possible Roles of Cyclic Meditation in Regulation of the Gut-Brain Axis

Author: Debananda S. Ningthoujam1, Nilkamal Singh2* and Saikat Mukherjee1
Affiliation: 1Department of Biochemistry, Manipur University, Imphal, India 2Department of Yoga, Manipur University, Imphal, India
Conference/Journal: Front. Psychol.
Date published: 2021 Dec
Other: Volume ID: 12 , Special Notes: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.768031 , Word Count: 180

Yoga is an ancient spiritual practice which originated from India. In recent decades, there has been increasing interest in yoga, mainly because of its applications in health and wellness. Among various techniques of yoga, the practice of meditation has been found to cause several psychophysiological effects. Most meditation techniques are practiced in a stable and comfortable posture but there are also meditation techniques that involve movement. Cyclic meditation (CM)—a technique derived from one of the Upanishads—is a moving meditation technique practiced by combining physical postures (asanas) with relaxation procedures. The practice of CM starts with a prayer followed by isometric muscle contraction, supine rest, standing at ease, centering by balancing the body weight on the different parts of the feet, bending to the right and then left sides (ardhakaticakrasana), forward bending (padahastasana), backward bending (ardhacakrasana), and supine rest. During the practice, emphasis is given on relaxation and awareness (Nagendra and Nagarathna, 1997). Scientific studies on the effects of practicing CM have reported myriad physiological and mental health benefits (Subramanya and Telles, 2009b).