Yoga and Meditation achievethe most important change inour living & that is to changethe way we breath daily.Normally we use only 25% ofour lung capacity by breathingthrough chest muscles.
This is modulated throughsympathetic system which is ourfriend in emergencies like flight,freight & fight . The healthybreathing developed by Yoga &Meditation which is deep & slow byusing diaphragm which is tranquil,peaceful & deep breathing mode .
The key words are deep and slowbreathing. Deep rhythmic, slowbreathing makes many beneficialchanges in our body like• Use of all the 100% lung capacity,raising the tissue oxygen level from40% to 90%. Whole body feels wellfed with the life giving Oxygen-vitality.
• Lowered diaphragm stretchesitself to widely open the 2 wholesthrough which the 2 great bloodvessels (aorta & inferior venacava)taking blood to & from the heart, todilate and relax bringing in lessload for the heart pump issignificantly reduced helping heartto function a lot better.
• Deep slow rhythmic breathingslows down respiratory rate, perforce & changes many parametersin the heart.• Makes the mind tranquil andpeaceful converting the man fromfighting mode to loving mode.
These facts were proved in manyclinical studies, 2 of which werepublished in prestigious medicaljournal-The Lancet. A London basedteaching hospital study, showedthat slow deep breathing increasedtissue perfusion and reducedbreathlessness.
made patients get out of bedreduced the aortic pressure, thepulmonary artery pressure, thediastolic pressure in the leftventricle, and also significantlyincreased the ejection fraction(functional capacity of the heart) inthe patients who were otherwisedying of terminal heart failure.
Another study in California showedthat a group of patients in terminalheart failure waiting for hearttransplant, death rate wasprohibitively high as no donor wasavailable. One of the Cardiologistsstudied the effect of Yogic slowdeep rhythmic breathing on thosepatients with remarkable results.
Nearly half of the patients in thegroup did not have any moreindication for heart transplant afterthe yogic breathing exercise for 6-9weeks and were discharged home.There are many cardiologists nowapplying these techniques inroutine patient care in the west.Many more are doing in India.
Mr. BKS Iyengar a great Yogidemonstrated the effect of Yogicbreathing on 2 patients who are inthe stage of terminal heart failureand given up by many reputedhospitals in Pune & Mumbai exceptthe heart transplant is the way forthem to carry on further life.
Mr. Iyengar demonstrated all thescientific data before & after Yogicbreathing exercise on thosepatients how they are living a lotbetter people now. Verysophisticated cardiac parameterswere checked before & after yogicbreathing. They have shownremarkable improvement.
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