Are you feeling cold? Then try your own guided meditation to increase your core body temperature. A team of researchers at the National University in Singapore revealed that g-tummo meditation has been used by Tibetan nuns to increase their core body temperature and temperature in their fingers and toes. Monasteries maintaining g-tummo traditions are very rare and are mostly located in the remote areas of eastern Tibet.
According to research published in the journal PLoS ONE, Tibetan nuns were wrapped in wet sheets in -25 degrees Celsius temperatures. Using electroencephalography (EEG) the team observed an increase of core temperatures up to 38.3 degrees Celsius. Normal body temperature is only 37 degrees Celsius. In other words the nuns could function in cold environments without decreased body temperatures.
The two main aspects of the g-tummo meditation that can aid in temperature increase are ‘vase breath’ which causes thermogenesis or heat production and concentrative visualization which involves focusing on mental images of flames along the spinal cord to prevent heat losses.
Associate Professor Maria Kozhevnikov from the Department of Psychology at the National University of Singapore, said: ‘Practicing “vase breathing” alone is a safe technique to regulate core body temperature in a normal range. The participants whom I taught this technique to were able to elevate their body temperature, within limits, and reported feeling more energised and focused. With further research, non-Tibetan meditators could use “vase breathing” to improve their health and regulate cognitive performance.’
When we begin to meditate, our body function consciously regulates the body temperature. When we control our breath or breathe deeply; stress levels decrease, muscle tensions reduce, and our body temperature returns back to homeostasis.
According to researcher John-Ding-E Young; Adjunct Professor, Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immunology, Rockefeller University, and President of Inteplast Corp., Livingston, NJ, USA and Eugene Taylor, Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; meditation creates a “hypometablic state”- a deeply relaxed hibernation like condition that we enter during deep sleep, in conditions of starvation and during hypnosis.
This state is characterized by a decrease in oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide elimination and decreased respiratory rate. But the most significant difference is that the body appears to move into a deep sleep state with the consciousness remaining responsive and alert. Potentially the effects could benefit deep sea divers, interstellar space travel, enhanced metabolic activity for athletes, pain management, and dream exploration.
The easiest way to learn to meditate and enjoy deep meditative states could be as simple as closing your eyes for a minimum of 11 minutes a day and allow your mind to drift into a relaxed state of mind. If you want to develop your own super powers try g-tummo or your own relaxation meditation techniques. Also be sure to check out the Neo Meditation device and empower your meditation experience with chi amplification.
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