Sudarshan Kriya Yoga Sri Sri Ravi Shankar created Sudarshan Kriya Yoga Yoga poses for 4 year olds SKY, a comprehensive course offered at beginner and advanced levels that includes an advanced form of Yoga poses for 4 year olds Ujjayi breathing, Bhastrika, AUM chant, Sudarshan Kriya cyclical breathing at varying rates, alternate nostril breathing, yoga postures, meditation, relaxation, psychoeducation in stress reduction, yoga philosophy, and group processes.
For more detailed discussion of the neurophysiological basis and clinical applications of SKY, see articles by Brown and Gerbarg 2005a, 2005b. A nonrandomized, six-week study in Sweden compared the effects of a six-day Sudarshan Kriya Yoga Course, called SK&P, in 55 adults to the effects of simple relaxation in an armchair with the mind gently focused on breathing in 48 yoga-naive university students. In comparison to the control group, the SK&P group showed greater improvements on measures of anxiety, depression, and stress, as well as increased optimism. Limitations of this study were the nonrandomization and the short length of follow-up.
The amount of prior yoga experience of the SK&P group was not explained, whereas the control group was described as yoga-naive.
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While these methodigical issues make interpretation of this study difficult, the test results did show significant within subject improvements in the SK&P group Kjellgren, Bood, Axelsson, Norlander & Saatcioglu, 2007.