Breathe long, breathe slow, breathe deep was the take-home message from Dr. Balasubramanian’s lecture on the benefits of yogic breathing and chanting at Pure Yoga Austin Saturday, March 29. Sharing the results from his latest study funded in part by Pure Action, we learned that chanting and breathing are not only associated with improvements in blood pressure and mental health, but also according to Dr. Balasubramanian’s latest findings, these simple exercises can also lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
At the Medical University of South Carolina’s Gazes Cardiac Research Institute, the study was conducted in healthy adults to determine if biological factors produced throughout the body that have been linked with the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease could be altered in response to alternate nostril breathing and chanting. The results showed increases in these factors immediately following both pranayama and chanting exercises. These groundbreaking findings are the first to show that simple yogic breathing and chanting exercises which could be performed anywhere by almost anyone can be beneficial for brain health.
This study is a first step to determining if these exercises could be therapeutic for adults living with Alzheimer’s and potentially lead to an improvement in symptoms. We are ecstatic to have been able to contribute to this cutting-edge research and look forward to supporting similar studies in the future.
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