studies on pranayama
- Link outlining research underway at the Swami Vivekananda Yoga
The Effect of Rhythmic Breathing on Blood Pressure in Hypertensive
EFFECT OF PRANAYAMA AND YOGA ON BONE METABOLISM IN NORMAL HEALTHY
VOLUNTEERS.KVV Prasad, P Sitarama Raju, Madhavi Sunitha, M Venkata
Reddy And KJRMurthy. JEPonline. 2004;7(1):57-62.
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"Yoga breathing through a particular nostril increases spatial memory
scores without lateralized effects," by Naveen KV; Nagarathna R;
Nagendra HR; Telles S., of the Vivekananda Kendra Yoga Research
Foundation, Bangalore, India, in Psychol Rep, 1997 Oct, 81:2, 555-61.
"Pranayama increases grip strength without lateralized effects,"
Raghuraj P; Nagarathna R; Nagendra HR; Telles S of the Vivekananda
Kendra Yoga Research Foundation, Bangalore, India, in the Indian J
Physiol Pharmacol, 1997 Apr, 41:2, 129-33.
Below is an excerpt from a transcription of an
informal discussion between Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
and a group of doctors and psychiatrists took place in Bombay
in August 1994. The main topics discussed were...
problems of scientific method in yoga research, the need for yoga
training in education and medical colleges, and a holistic view of
yogas contribution to modern medicine.
Dr. Shrikrishna speaks below:
After my medical training I did a PhD on research into the effects of
pranayama on the general body system and brain function, and it
raised questions which I have not yet solved. If I teach the practice
of kapalbhati to 10 people, what is the standardised way of looking
at it? That everyone should do about 120 strokes per minute? Is that
a standardised technique? For me each individual is different, each
lung capacity is different, each vital capacity is different. Do I
adjust the technique to that person's capacity?
If I ask a person with a normal basal breathing rate of about 20 to
breathe about 10 times a minute, it is 50 percent less than normal
for him. But for those whose basal breathing rate is about 15 or 14
or even 12, for them to breathe to times per minute is not much less.
So, we can say that everyone should do about 120 strokes per minute
and then measure the effect, but it puts a different load on
different people and, therefore, the effects are going to be
different. So, which way should I look at it? Should I look at it
from the standardised point of view? If a person has a basal. heart
rate of about 70, it should increase to about 100, that is an
acceptable limit. But if a person with a heart rate of 8o also
reaches too, then are they in the same category?
We are talking in terms of statistical analysis which means
standardisation. In standardisation the main problem is that all the
phenomenon are subjective. When we talk about lung capacity or blood
gas analysis or blood pressure, it is still within our reach, but
when we talk about pratyahara or concentration, questions arise. What
is attention? What is awareness? What is concentration? How can we
say that concentration or attention are different from awareness? We
have to be precise and precision in that kind of activity becomes