Alternate Nostril Breathing: A Systematic Review

What’s This Research About? This was the first systematic review of studies about the physiological and cognitive effects of alternate nostril breathing (ANB), written by Dr. Shreya Ghiya. Pranayama refers to conscious breath modification by altering its rhythm, rate, duration, and depth. In yoga practice this breath manipulation is used to achieve a [...]

What Are the Effects of Slow Breathing in Healthy People?

What’s This Research About? The goal of this research review is to define slow breathing, summarize the documented effects of slow breathing in healthy humans, and form a knowledge base of the physiological effects of slow breathing and proposed mechanisms of slow breathing for the discussion of clinical applications. TITLE: The physiological [...]

By |2018-12-21T17:59:28-04:00December 19th, 2018|Breathing|2 Comments

What is Dysfunctional Breathing?

What’s This Research About? The authors reviewed research on the treatment of dysfunctional breathing. This is a difficult task because dysfunctional breathing is confounded by a lack of consistent terminology and lack of gold-standard assessment. For instance, one diagnostic tool, the Nijmegen questionnaire (NQ) was “developed and validated only in people with [...]

By |2018-01-23T12:40:59-04:00January 23rd, 2018|Breathing|0 Comments

Review of Buteyko Breathing for Asthma

What’s This Research About? Research shows anywhere from 6-30% of asthma sufferers use breathing methods to alleviate their asthma symptoms in the UK. The authors reviewed six studies in which BBT was used for asthma. They noted that there is a paucity of definitive research on the efficacy of these breathing exercises, [...]

By |2017-11-27T15:34:23-04:00November 28th, 2017|Breathing, Conditions|0 Comments

Yoga Effects on Lung Function

What’s This Research About? Can yoga improve lung function? The researchers reviewed a group of studies that investigated whether yoga training improves pulmonary functioning in healthy individuals by measuring respiratory muscular strength, ventilatory capacity, forced expiratory volume (FEV1), forced vital capacity (FVC), vital capacity (VC), and peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR). See definitions below [...]

By |2017-10-23T12:28:35-04:00September 5th, 2017|Breathing, Yoga Methods|0 Comments

Yogic Slow Breathing for Beginners

What’s This Research About? A slower breathing rate (approx. 5 or 6 full inhalations and exhalations per minute) has been shown to increase baroreflex sensitivity (as well as vagus nerve stimulation, downregulation of the sympathetic nervous system, and upregulation of the parasympathetic nervous system). Ujjayi breathing may have similar effects to slow [...]

By |2017-07-12T22:00:13-04:00May 18th, 2017|Breathing|0 Comments