Yoga Breathing Improves Health

Why Does Yoga Breathing Improve Our Health?

Christine Wiese Yoga Research Leave a Comment

David summarizes research which suggests that activity by the parasympathetic nervous system, specifically the vagal nerve, is involved when we see the beneficial heart rate variability increase that occurs at low breathing rates like the type of breathing rates that would occur in yogic breathing practices.

The Vagus Nerve

How Does Yoga Work?

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Researchers propose a model which suggests that yoga and other contemplative practices work by using specifically regulated breathing techniques (low respiration rate, long exhalations) which stimulate the vagal nerve, and in that way, positively affect the parasympathetic nervous system.

The Scalene Muscles

Scalene Muscles

Christine Wiese Anatomy, Torso 1 Comment

This month David is highlighting the scalene muscles. They work to stabilize and move the neck. They also assist as secondary respiratory muscles! Take a look at where these muscle attach, what actions they do, and how they are used in yoga practice.

The Scalene Muscles

Breathing in Yoga: Is there a Right and Wrong Way?

David Keil Anatomy, Torso, Yoga 3 Comments

We shouldn’t take it lightly when we ask or direct people to breathe in very specific ways. Breathing is personal to all of us. There may be long standing physical patterns, emotions, or trauma mixed into the way we breathe. We should be aware that breathing in different ways has different affects on us. The rate of inhalation can be stimulating, agitating, or calming.

How Breathing Leads to Bandhas

How Breathing Leads to Bandhas © 2010

David Keil Anatomy, Torso, Yoga 15 Comments

In the last two newsletters I’ve covered both mula and uddiyana bandhas from an anatomical point of view. I feel the need to finish off these two articles with one on the breath. It seems to me that without breath, there are no bandhas. In fact, as the title says, from breath comes bandha. My logic works like this, if we’re going to try and control as well as use energy in our body, then we have to be bringing that energy in. In yoga, there is one way in which energy comes in and it is through the breath.