Controlled yogic breathing found to effectively reduce stress-induced disorders

Constantly being stressed is not good for the body. It can result in disorders, such as anxiety and depression, that could be disabling to the affected individual. A study, published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, looked at the potential use of yogic breathing practice, Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya, as a treatment for stress-induced disorders.

  • Many cases of adult disability are due to stress-induced disorders. These include mood disorders that are caused by a complex network of factors like stress, oxidative stress, inflammation, and hormonal response.
  • Additionally, constant stress can also worsen cardiovascular diseases, obesity, mental health, gastrointestinal problems, and sleep disorders.
  • Previous studies have shown that meditation and yoga practices have great potential in the treatment of stress-induced mood disorders. However, no studies have been conducted regarding the specific effect of Shambhavi Mahamudra kriya on stress-induced disorders.
  • Shambhavi Mahamudra kriya is a practice that integrates yogic breathing (pranayama) and meditation.
  • The participants for this study performed a 21-minute long Shambhavi Mahamudra kriya routine on a daily basis for a period of six weeks. Afterward, they were asked to evaluate their levels of perceives stress and general well-being.

Overall, the participants of the study experienced lower levels of perceived stress while their feelings of general well-being improved. These prove that Shambhavi Mahamudra kriya can serve as an alternative therapy for stress-induced mood disorders.

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Journal Reference:

Peterson CT, Bauer SM, Chopra D, Mills PJ, Maturi RK. EFFECTS OF SHAMBHAVI MAHAMUDRA KRIYA, A MULTICOMPONENT BREATH-BASED YOGIC PRACTICE (PRANAYAMA), ON PERCEIVED STRESS AND GENERAL WELL-BEING. Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine. 13 August 2017;22(4). DOI: 10.1177/2156587217730934

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