Here the participants were not doing any kind of breathing exercises
(pranayamic) or yogic exercises prior to the study.
Table 2 shows the comparison of cognitive function parameters at baseline and after 6 weeks of breathing exercise
In the present study, subjects practiced breathing exercises
only at a rate of only 6 breaths/min.
The mean diastolic blood pressure in all groups before and after breathing exercise
were demonstrated in Table
The difference in mean values were statistically significant (p<0.05).Hence it can be interpreted that breathing exercise
has a significant effect on the heart rate of patients with COPD.
Using breathing exercises
to relax can relieve hot flashes--sometimes the frequency, sometimes the intensity, sometimes both, says Freedman (see "Breathe After Me").
Table 2 shows the effect of 12 weeks of slow breathing exercise
training (n = 29) on anthropometric parameters in which BMI of the study group showed a statistically significant reduction from 21.75 [+ or -] 4.14 to 19.51 [+ or -] 3.95 (P = 0.03).
"Importantly breathing exercise
makes you very fresh and prepares you for the day ahead.
Calm Breathing Project, a nonprofit organization based in Tokyo, has promoted the Ratata breathing exercise
, in which simple body movements of the neck, shoulders and chest are brought in line with one's breathing rhythm, in areas stricken by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
Similar results were obtained in a study conducted by Bernadi, Spadacini (1998) to assess the effect of selected breathing exercise
on cardiopulmonary parameters of children with abdominal surgery.
(11,12) Pal et al (6) have reported similar findings of an increase in the vagal tone after practice of slow breathing exercise