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Abstract

Yogic breathing practices also called Pranayamas originated several thousand years ago and are now practiced all over the world.   However, it is only in the last two decades that considerable advances in our understanding of the physiologic principles behind these practices have been made.  This has been accomplished using modern electrophysiologic and imaging techniques including functional MRI and PET scanning.  In this article we will present an evidence-based review of the physiologic effects of yogic breathing practices.

(1) Amit Sood, MD , (2)Brent A. Bauer, MD

  1. Amit Sood, MD, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. Brent A. Bauer, MD, Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Correspondence:

Amit Sood, MD
Department of Medicine
Baldwin 4th floor
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, MN 55905

Email – sood.amit@mayo.edu

 

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