Participants were taught a simple mantra-based meditation technique in Yoga poses 7 chakras four, 1-hour small-group meetings, with instructions to practice for 15 to Yoga poses 7 chakras 20 minutes twice daily. Subjects were evaluated at baseline and monthly follow-up measures using Profile of Mood States, Perceived Stress Scale, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory STAI, and Brief Symptom Inventory BSI. After instruction, significant improvement was noted on all four outcome measures with reductions from baseline that ranged from 14% STAI to 36% BSI.
Higher baseline neuroticism scores were associated with greater improvement.
Those most prone to experience negative emotions appeared to benefit the most from the intervention.
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Preliminary evidence suggested that brief instruction in a simple meditation technique can improve negative mood and perceived stress in healthy adults interested in learning meditation Lane, Seskevich, & Pieper, 2007. Buddhist Meditation In Thai Buddhism, the emphasis is on the mindfulness of breathing as taught in the Anapanasati Sutta, part of the Tipitaka or Pali canon 250 B.C.