Science and Yoga


The absence of thought and peace of mind creates an "intense well-being" that allows for regeneration.

(étude EEG : Haute Resolution Aftanas L., Golosheykine S., Human anterior and frontal midline theta and lower alpha reflect emotionally positive state and internalized attention – Neuroscience Letters, 2001)

Impact of thoughtlessness on the brain

*In particular: (A) Right Anterior Insula (B) Right Inf. Temp(C) Right angular (D) Left ventrolateral prefrontal Cortex (E) Left Anterior Insula

The neuro-physiological effects of mindless meditation


Restoration/self-improvement, relaxation

Controls attention, concentration, interoception
Internalised attention, enjoyment/pleasure
Augmentation dimensionnelle bilatérale de l’insula
Accepting and knowing yourself, autonomy, emotional intelligence, increased vigilance
Zone orbitofrontale médiale, activation de l’hippocampe et de l’amygdale
Regulation of emotions*, detachment**, enjoyment/pleasure
Socio-emotional competence: gratitude, understanding of others, empathy…
*reassessment of negative emotional states, **fewer reactions to various stressful stimuli
The Neurobiology of Meditation and its clinical effectiveness in Biological Psychology. Rubia K., 2009 King’s College University, London UK

L’impact de la méditation sans pensée

Neuroscience. L’expérience de la méditation en conscience sans pensée est l’origine d’un niveau intense de bien-être, d’un équilibre émotionnel et d’un meilleur traitement de l’information.

Hernandez, S.E., Suero, J., Barros, A., Gonzalez-Mora, J.L., Rubia, K., “Increased grey matter associated with long-term meditation: A Voxel-Based- Morphometry study.” PLOS ONE 11(3)
(2016): e0150757.

Manocha R, Black D, Wilson L. Quality of life and functional health status of long-term meditators. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2012;2012.

Medical Science.Practitioners of this meditation all demonstrate a lower level of stress and an improvement in mental and physical well-being compared to the more widespread meditation practices.

Manocha R, Marks GB, Kenchington P, Peters D, Salome CM. Sahaja yoga in the management of moderate to severe asthma: a randomised controlled trial. Thorax. 2002 Feb 1;57(2):110-5. 

Harrison LJ, Manocha R, Rubia K. Sahaja yoga meditation as a family treatment programme for children with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2004 Oct;9(4):479-97.
Manocha R, Semmar B, Black D. A pilot study of a mental silence form of meditation for women in perimenopause. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 2007 Sep 1;14(3):266-73.

Management. Les dirigeants ayant pratiqué la méditation en conscience sans pensée démontrent un changement de valeur, un équilibre émotionnel et des prises de décisions d’une plus haute responsabilité étique et morale.

Lenssen G, Tyson S, Pickard S, Bevan D, Zollo M, Minoja M, Casanova L, Hockerts K, Neergaard P, Schneider S, Tencati A. Towards an internal change management perspective of CSR: evidence from project RESPONSE on the sources of cognitive alignment between managers and their stakeholders, and their implications for social performance. Corporate Governance: The international journal of business in society. 2009 Aug 8.

Schneider SC, Zollo M, Manocha R. Developing Socially Responsible Behaviour in Managers: Experimental Evidence of the Effectiveness of Different Approaches to Management Education. Business schools under fire: Humanistic management–Education as the way forward, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. 2011 Aug 9:238-45.
Crilly D, Schneider SC, Zollo M. Psychological antecedents to socially responsible behaviour. European Management Review. 2008 Sep;5(3):175-90.