Richa Bhatnagar has facilitated meditation, breathing and self-empowerment workshops since 2007. In Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, Richa facilitated stress management, leadership, and trauma-relief workshops in New Orleans, working to rebuild communities. Since then she has taught workshops in universities, communities and workplaces around the US. She is certified by the Art of Living Foundation, a global humanitarian non-profit. Richa holds a BSc from Brown University and MS from Boston University. She is a Program Manager in Tech and serves on a non-profit board.
The Latest Research
Groundbreaking research from Harvard, Yale and Stanford shows that SKY Breath Meditation is more effective than mindful or cognitive approaches for well-being, anxiety, depression and social connection for students.
The Yale/Stanford study, published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, assigned college students to one of three well-being groups (SKY Campus Happiness, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Emotional Intelligence) or a control group. Students took classes for 8 weeks during the course of a regular semester. At the end of the semester, student mental health and well-being in each of the active groups was compared to that of the control group.
The SKY Campus Happiness was the only program to show statistically significant improvements in 6 measures of well-being: stress, depression, mental health, social connectedness, positive emotion and mindfulness.
The Emotional Intelligence group showed improvements in one measure: mindfulness.
The Mindfulness (MBSR) group did not show any significant changes.
The Harvard/Arizona study published in the Journal of American College Health showed:
The SKY Campus Happiness significantly outperformed a cognitively-based comparison group in improving stress, sleep, social connectedness, anxiety, depression, distress, self-esteem, life satisfaction and conscientiousness.
At 3 month follow-up, the improvements in the SKY group were even stronger.
In addition, the SKY intervention buffered breathing and heart rate indicators of stress in a controlled laboratory condition.
While the studies were carried out on college campuses, the findings are also relevant for the general public.