Module 1: A Review of Three Clinical Trials
This course will review three scientific publications for the presenter’s clinical trials using an 11-part OCD-specific Kundalini Yoga meditation protocol. The first pilot clinical trial was an open trial published in 1996. The two following were randomized clinical trials comparing Kundalini Yoga meditation against control groups using meditation techniques from other meditation lineages. Patients were blinded to the types of meditation prior to entry to the trials and to the comparison groups during treatment. Published data on whole-head 148-channel magnetoencephalograpy (MEG) will be presented that helps illustrate the brain effects of the OCD-specific yogic breathing technique along with its control breathing technique. In addition, other relevant studies that support this approach for treatment will be included that help to give new insights to the neurosciences and mind-body states.
Module 2: The 11-Part, OCD-Specific Protocol in Practice
The entire 11-part OCD-specific protocol will be taught and practiced by participants. The protocol includes techniques that are also useful for a wide range of psychiatric disorders beyond OCD and OCD spectrum disorders. This 11-part protocol includes in order: (1) a 3-5 min technique to “tune in” to enhance the meditation techniques that are common to the practice of Kundalini Yoga as originally taught by Yogi Bhajan, (2) a 2-min spine flexing exercise to help energize the mind and body, (3) a 2-min shoulder shrug exercise to further stimulate the metabolism and the thyroid gland, (4) a 6-min meditation for treating insanity and a “wild” mind, (5) a 6-8 min meditation for healing the heart center and balancing emotions, (6) a 90-sec exercise to reduce intense tension, (7) a 3-min meditation for managing and eliminating fears, (8) a 5-min technique to help overcome mental challenges, (9) a 5-min chant to help turn negative thoughts into positive thoughts, (10) an 11-31 min OCD-specific left nostril breathing technique, (11) an 11-min chant to treat a red-hot angry mind (only used when “red-hot” anger is apparent).
A speaker Q&A follows both the lecture and practice of the protocol, and includes frequently asked questions spanning his 30 years of treating OCD patients.
About David Shannahoff-Khalsa
David Shannahoff-Khalsa is the Director of The Research Group for Mind-Body Dynamics at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) BioCircuits Institute, and a member of the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. Prior to coming to UCSD in 1994, he spent 23 years at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, first working on the building blocks of the genetic code, and then pioneering novel studies in the neurosciences.
He has discovered a novel step in the evolution of the nervous system that gives new insights to mind-body (psychophysiological) states and how these states can be controlled. He has published widely in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conducted three clinical trials using Kundalini Yoga meditation techniques for treating obsessive-compulsive disorders and OC spectrum disorders. He has pioneered the use of whole-head magnetoencephalography brain imaging to study yogic meditation techniques. He has presented and taught Kundalini Yoga Meditation protocols for treating psychiatric disorders at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meetings 13 times (including 11 full day CME courses).
He has written four books that include 100+ different meditation techniques and multipart disorder-specific protocols for treating all of the major psychiatric disorders. His 3 books published by W. W. Norton and Co. include: Kundalini Yoga Meditation: Techniques Specific for Psychiatric Disorders, Couples Therapy, and Personal Growth, 2006; Kundalini Yoga Meditation for Complex Psychiatric Disorders: Techniques Specific for Treating the Psychoses, Personality, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, 2010; and Sacred Therapies: The Kundalini Yoga Meditation Handbook for Mental Health, 2012. His 4th book is Psychophysiological States: The Ultradian Dynamics of Mind-Body Interactions, In the series “International Review of Neurobiology,” Academic Press (Elsevier Scientific Publications), vol 80, 2008. His latest publication is the following: Kundalini Yoga Meditation vs. the Relaxation Response Meditation for Treating Adults with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial, by David Shannahoff-Khalsa, Rodrigo Yacubian Fernandes, Carlos Alberto De Bragança Pereira, John March, James Leckman, Shahrokh Golshan, Mario S.R. Vieira, Guilherme Polanczyk, Euripedes Constantino Miguel, Roseli Gedanke Shavitt, published in Frontiers in Psychiatry (2019), section Mood and Anxiety Disorders. To view the online publication, please click here.
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