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EFFECT OF CHANTING SHIVA PANCHAKSHARI MANTRA (OM NAMAH SHIVAYA) 108 TIMES ON HEART RATE VARIABILITY ON HEALTHY MEDICAL STUDENTS

Kriti Das, Prashanth Shetty, Shivaprasad Shetty and *Shashikiran H. C.

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Background: Mantra yoga is an ancient science and has been understood and practiced by man since many years. In modern society with fast moving vehicles, rapid industrialization and with highly sophisticated lifestyles, there could be countless stimulation that could cause variations within one’s body and mind and with the practice of Shiva panchakshi mantra it’s said to be managed well. Mantra is a syllable or set of syllables which is said to help clear the mind and thus they give us the most balanced, spiritual and practical way to maintain the health of our body and mind. This study was done to see the effects of chanting shiva panchakshari mantra (om namah shivaya-108 times) on heart rate variability of healthy medical students. Materials and methods: A total of 60 subjects of age 18-25 years were recruited for the study. Subjects who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were appraised the purpose of the study and their rights as the research subjects. The subjects underwent yoga technique called as mantra chanting Shiva Panchakshari for 30 minutes. Pre assessment prior to the intervention and post assessments were done using heart rate variability Software after completing 30 minutes of intervention. Results: Due to the 108 times chanting of the Shiva Panchakshari Mantra there was significant drop in both heart rate and pulse rate of the case group. Conclusion: Summarizing the findings of the study, we conclude that 30 minutes of chanting Shiva Panchakshari Mantra (108 times) significantly decreases both heart rate and pulse rate in the case group. With the findings of the current study we conclude that, Shiva Panchakshari Mantra was effective in relaxing both mind and body of the practitioner from within as stated theoretically.

Keywords: Mantra Yoga, Shiva Panchakshari Mantra, Chanting, HRV, Heart and pulse rate.


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