Science discovers the benefits of meditation

Section 1

Saturday June 24th

8:30 am to 12:45 pm

Heartfulness Approach with a practical experience
Dr. Sharma Vadlamanati

From burnout to joy
Activity- Breathing with awareness of purpose
Dr. Jay Thimmapuram

Improve resiliency and stress management
Anirudh Kumar

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Lunch break

Inspired Talks By
Dr. Sharma Vadlamanati, Dr. Jay Thimmapuram, Anirudh Kumar


Inspired Talks By


Dr. Sharma Vadlamanati

Sharma Vadlamanati is a senior organizational transformation consultant and coach. He is passionate about the people side of change, and focuses on bringing meaningful changes into organizations that will improve not just the bottom line for the organizations but also the work-life balance of people. He has run several training events in both the corporate and public world, talking about and enabling better communications, collaboration, and a holistic see-the- big-picture as well as simple approach to work and life. 

Sharma has been practicing meditation for over 25 years, and is a Heartfulness trainer. He and his wife Ranjana (also a Heartfulness trainer and practitioner) live in Florida. They have two children, a son and a daughter, both practitioners of Heartfulness Meditation. Sharma is also a photography enthusiast, and in his spare time or when on the road, likes to takes nature pictures.


Dr. Jayaram Thimmapuram

Dr. Jayaram Thimmapuram is an Academic Hospitalist at WellSpan York Hospital where he primarily focuses on educating and mentoring Internal Medicine Residents.  He has a special interest in research, and has research articles published in reputed medical journals. He is a recepient of “Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for 2015”. Most recently, Dr. Thimmapuram has completed a research project on Heartfulness Meditation and its effect in lowering stress levels, burnout and its impact on telomere length. The study has been accepted for publication. He actively practices heartfulness meditation and offers meditation training. 


Anirudh Kumar

Anirudh Kumar is affiliated and a post-graduate student with Faculty of Medicine (Department of Surgery) and Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Toronto. He is currently the Principal Investigator of a Heartfulness Meditation Study. His study aims to study the effect of Heartfulness Meditation on Brain activity. He is further pursing this study model with medical residents as his Masters thesis study.

He was raised in a household where his parents were Heartfulness meditators. Growing up with in this practice of meditation he says he has seen the benifits of this meditation first hand. Hence intriguing him to study this aread of meditation and practice it. He has been practicing Heartfulness Meditation for the last 5 years. He hopes to continue studying Heartfulness Meditation from a molecular biology and psychology perspective.


Science discovers the benefits of meditation

Research has shown that the heart’s afferent neurological signals directly affect activity in the amygdala, the key brain center that coordinates behavioral, immunological and neuroendocrine responses to environmental threats. It also serves as the processing center for emotional memory within the brain. Since this emotional processing unit has more information going towards intellectual centers than vice versa, it can easily override the intellect and our sense of control via intellect. And since heart can affect amygdale, it is fruitful in regulating our emotions and behaviour.

Our nervous system resists change – whether it is a change in behaviour, or circumstances, or anything. It feels good in familiar situations. So for mind used to violent circumstances will not feel comfortable if everything goes smooth. Science has now found that meditating on heart overcomes this thing. It helps in regulating our emotional centers and thus establish a new base line for familiarity of circumstances. It can change the wiring among neurons. And thus our emotional patterns are changed towards coherent ones. It not only changes our behaviour but gives more adaptability also because of increased understanding via increased emotional intelligence


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