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Yoga Magazine reports on the life and achievements of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
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13 January 2012
The January issue of Yoga magazine features a two-page spread on the life and achievements of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Yoga Magazine is a popular publication with wide circulation in the United States and the UK, where people buy the magazine because they are interested not just in yoga, but in self-development as well. It is estimated that the publication has well over 200,000 readers in the US alone.
Written by David Hughes, a writer who is a teacher of Transcendental Meditation in the UK, the article focuses on the unique contributions that Maharishi has made to the Western knowledge and appreciation of spiritual development.
The article begins, 'Widely credited with popularising meditation in the west, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi began teaching in 1957, having for 13 years been the closest student of one of the greatest masters in the Vedic tradition in India, Brahmananda Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math in the Himalayas.'
Mr Hughes goes on to write about some of the latest scientific findings in regards to meditation:
'In the past few years, neurological studies have found all types of meditation to have an impact on the brain—published research on procedures involving concentration reveals increased activity in the gamma wavebands, associated with mental focus; those involving open monitoring of thoughts show activity in the theta waveband. . . .'
But Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation is unique.
'Transcendental Meditation fits a different category again, that of automatic self-transcending. This is characterized by whole brain coherence, restful alertness in the alpha-1 waveband and remobilising key frontal areas responsible for decision-making.'
Due to these unique results, Transcendental Meditation has differentiated itself from other types of meditation available.
The influence on the brain also gives Transcendental Meditation some very concrete applications.
'Assisting the decision-making center of the brain to remain calm, even during highly stressful circumstances, has made Transcendental Meditation America's executive meditation of choice, and has also led to the technique being introduced to schools, especially where problems such as ADHD are prevalent.'
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