What’s This Research About?


The authors wanted to see how a consistent yoga practice affects the diaphragm. They looked at its thickness, how much it moves, how fast it moves, and how long it takes to contract by using ultrasound scans. Could yoga make the diaphragm stronger, so that it works better, and makes it easier to breathe deeply?


They studied 80 healthy people, half did Ashtanga yoga regularly and the other half didn’t. They measured how thick their diaphragm was when they breathed in as deeply as they could and when they were resting, along with how much and how fast it moved, and how long it took to move during deep breaths. They used ultrasound to measure this because it’s quick, cheap, and safe, and it lets doctors see how the diaphragm moves in real-time.

illustration of diaphragm

Please login to access this page.
Already a member? Log in here
Print Friendly, PDF & Email