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Global Gatherings for Peace and Healing “Superclass” Global Meditations

While Naam Technology has helped thousands of people to heal personally on an individual level, the Global Gatherings for Peace and Healing offer a direct experience of the healing impact of Naam healing sound meditation to all of humanity in the service of world peace and global healing. These massive global meditation classes are free public events dedicated to peace. Over the past eight years Dr. Levry has led hundreds of thousands of people around the world in massive Global Gatherings for Peace and Healing Superclasses. Since the first superclass in 2011, attendance has grown exponentially: 12,000 people participated in 2011 (Zócalo, Fox News, Vanguardia, Spirit Voyage); 15,000 people in 2012 (Revolution Monument, Reuters, LA Yoga, Spiegel, Tages Anzeiger, ITN, Namaskar: A Voice for the Yoga Community of Asia); 21,000 people in 2014 (Angel of Independence,); and 100,000 people, in-person and online, participated in 2015 (Angel of Independence, LA Yoga, Vanguardia, Santa Monica Mirror). The most recent event held in Zócalo Square in Mexico City on November 26th, 2017 united 318,000 people in person and around the world via an internationally televised uninterrupted Broadcast by Televisa (Yoga Journal, Yoga Journal Singapore, Huffington Post). The Government of Mèxico City was so moved by the “positive result of the people who attended”, that free weekly yoga classes are now offered every Sunday at the Angel of Independence Monument. The Global Gatherings for Peace and Healing superclasses aim to contribute to peace and healing thro

“Love Heals” Global Online Campaign United Humanity During Mental Health Awareness Month in Midst of Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

In May 2020, at the height of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Giving Naam hosted a global online meditation with the goal of boosting mental, emotional and physical immunity through the science and healing effects of love. The 2020 #loveheals campaign closed out May’s Mental Health Awareness Month on May 31st with a massive online Love Heals Global Gathering for Peace and Healing led by Dr. Levry, and featuring other visionaries and leaders, leading hundreds of thousands of people around the world in a global meditation contributing to peace and healing through the power of global community, positive human intention and focused meditation. This event was free and open to the public..

The #LoveHeals campaign rose to face the unique global isolation challenge presented by COVID-19, and asked the entire world to respond with the power of love — kindness, compassion, forgiveness, generosity, empathy and connection — and healing sound vibration, both of which have been shown by scientific research to have a positive impact on the brain cells and cognitive function, as well as boosting the immune system.  

Acute Pain Relief After Mantram Meditation in Children With Neuroblastoma Undergoing Anti-GD2 Monoclonal Antibody Therapy

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City

Neuroscientists at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City have used Naam meditation along with  music from the Healing Beyond Medicine Music series created by Dr. Joseph Michael Levry to reduce pain in children being treated for a rare form of cancer, subsequently reducing the need for larger doses of medication during treatment. 

Naam meditation was offered to families several days a week by experienced instructors. In many instances, parents, translators, and family members also participated. A single specific Mantram (“RaMaDaSa, Guru Ram Das and I Am” soundtracks provided by Dr Joseph Michael Levry) was played on an MP3 player in the background while an experienced meditation teacher taught and led the Mantram. These Mantram are used traditionally to build self-esteem, peace, and resilience. Mudras (hand gestures) and gentle breathing patterns (left nostril breathing, long exhalation, alternate nostril breathing) were interspersed with Mantram to help relieve tension and enhance relaxation and focus. On an average, the meditation instructor stayed with the patient for approximately 30 minutes.

Patients undergoing therapy for neuroblastoma experience severe generalized pain that is poorly controlled with conventional analgesics, including opioids. Nonpharmacologic interventions have the potential to reduce pain, anxiety, and analgesic requirements associated with this treatment that is now considered standard of care for high-risk neuroblastoma. Naam meditation therapy administered on an outpatient basis to children receiving immunotherapy was feasible and well tolerated by children of both sexes, aged 3 to 14 years with diverse language and ethnic backgrounds. It was observed that a single session of Naam meditation was associated with a 14% decrease in the amount of pain medication administered to manage pain per day of treatment. These pilot findings were so substantial that the study was published in the Journal of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology and an additional grant was issued for continued study.

Effects of Naam Mindfulness Meditation on Surgical Intensive Care Unit Nurses: an on-the-unit pilot study

New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

There is growing evidence that interventions for health care professionals designed to enhance mindfulness may improve their well-being and thus the quality of care they can provide. This pilot study was designed to measure the effects of Naam Mindfulness Meditation on levels of stress, mindfulness, burnout and secondary traumatic stress among 23 surgical intensive care unit nurses. The primary hypothesis that the implementation of an on the unit 5 minute Naam Mindfulness Meditation will be beneficial in decreasing stress levels was found to be statistically significant. This pilot study revealed that it is feasible and acceptable to bring nurses together to teach mindfulness techniques and other forms of stress reduction while at work. Positive results in this small pilot study demonstrated the effectiveness of an on the unit 5 minute Naam Mindfulness Meditation on the well-being of the nurse participants by reducing stress, increasing mindfulness and decreasing secondary traumatic stress. There was a statistically significant decrease in stress levels recorded by the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) developed by Cohen et al. (1983).

This study contributes to the growing body of evidence that workplace self-care measures have the capacity to combat the negative effects of the high intensity work environment of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. The ability to create positive change in the frontline staff will prove to better the institution as a whole by preventing adverse outcomes for both the health care professional and subsequently the patient. The nurses who participated in this study requested space for wellness stress reducing breaks at work and due to the overwhelmingly positive response we are in the process of creating an on the unit serenity room. Furthermore, they expressed a strong desire for additional opportunities for taking a Naam mindfulness break during their busy shifts.

 

Chi Gong with Naam vibration: new interventions for caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s disease

Institute on Aging. Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Imitated and repeated exercises become an appropriate technique for people with dementia in initial stages and for their caregivers. Practicing Chi-Gong with Naam vibration is profitable in a physical, cognitive, emotional and relational perspective and contributes to prevention, wellbeing and maintenance of physical and mental health.

The aim of this study was to evaluate Chi-Gong with Naam vibration effects on persons with dementia and their caregivers. Two groups of people with mild to moderate dementia (N=19) from two different day hospitals practiced Chi-Gong during 6 months (24 sessions with exercises adapted to people with dementia). Their caregivers (N=19) practiced Chi-Gong as well during 3 months (12 sessions). All participants (N=38) were evaluated at the beginning

and at the end of the treatment of Chi Kung. In persons with dementia were measured cognitive state, depressive symptoms, change of behavior and health conditions. In caregivers were measured depressive symptoms and health conditions. 

Regarding the people with dementia, we found significative statistical differences on the global behaviour disorders evaluated with the Neuropsychiatric Inventory Questionnaire (NPI-Q) (Kaufer & Cummings, 1999) to the six months (p=0.048). Also we found differences on their mood (p= p=0.046). This indicates that people with dementia improved their behaviour disorders after the Chi Kung intervention, decreasing the stress of the caregivers (p=0.038). Regarding the caregivers, we found significative statistical differences on their physical status, specifically on the balance, gait and strength, evaluated with the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) (Guralnik, 1994) to the six months (p= 0,041). Conclusions: the intervention of Chi Gong with Naan vibration has positive effects on the patients with dementia and their caregivers. 

 

Weekly Global Online Naam Meditation Sessions “Naamathons”

Thanks to Giving Naam, hundreds of “Naamathons” or global NAAM community meditations, have gathered thousands of persons weekly since from over more than 19 countries. These global meditations last two hours and use NAAM meditation music (also know as the Healing Beyond Medicine music series). Selections from this series have been scientifically shown by neuroscientists to reduce pain in children being treated for cancer. To better serve our community throughout the global pandemic, weekly Naamathons are still taking place in their new online format.

 

Official Commendation from the City of Santa Monica

On October 24, 2014, the mayor of Santa Monica, Pam O’Connor, in an official commendation from the City of Santa Monica, recognized Naam LA founded by Dr. Levry, for its positive contribution to the welfare of the community through its community classes providing personalized care and vital healing to individuals affected by cancer, autism/ASD, diabetes and other health concerns. Through the support of the Giving Naam foundation, Naam LA has served over 20,350 individuals through community outreach classes, all offered for free, or by donation, in the area of Santa Monica alone.   

 

RESET (Respiratory Exercises for Social Emotional Teaching) Helps Students Maximize their Capacity for Learning, Relaxation and Creativity

RESET (Respiratory Exercises for Social Emotional Teaching), is a program designed by Dr. Levry that uses breathing, movement and vocal exercises to help young students maximize their capacity to learn, be creative, and achieve a state of calm attentiveness. Official research on RESET, licensed to be developed and overseen by Naam Healing and Research Institute, a 501C3, was launched on August 19th, 2019 by California State University Channel Islands who is researching the effects of this bilingual program. RESET is being piloted for research in two Ventura County elementary schools and one Philadelphia school. This innovative, seven-minute per day program, created to be practiced and taught by school teachers in the classroom, was originally released in Mexico City under the name of MÁS RESPIRACIÓN CONSCIENTE and is currently serving hundreds of children per day in Mexico with tremendous success. It is lauded by parents and teachers for the tangible difference it has on children’s lives, and success and happiness in school.Learn more at https://resetinitiative.com/.

 

Naam Community Classes 

Since 2001, Giving Naam has provided thousands of free and donation-based Naam Therapies Community Classes to at-risk demographics in Addiction Recovery Centers, Community Centers, Senior Centers, Homeless Shelters, Centers For At-Risk Youth and Prison Facilities. A variety of specialized classes have been created to serve a wide range of demographics, including those with Autism, diabetes, thyroid issues, trauma and addiction.

 

Naam Outreach Scholarships 

Giving Naam funds certified Naam Meditation teachers, Shakti Naam teachers and Harmonyum practitioners to provide classes and treatments to underserved communities. Our scholarship fund is open to all teachers and practitioners in good standing that want to share the deeply healing technologies of Naam with those in need by providing healing classes to help with stress, anxiety, emotional balance, addiction and more. To request an application and apply, pease call 310.751.7550. 

Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this program was temporarily placed on hold but teachers and practitioners are encouraged to apply to receive scholarship grants as soon as restrictions on in-person classes are lifted.

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