Mind and Body Modalities Increase Cardiorespiratory Functioning
Alternative modalities for health and fitness are becoming more popular in practice and research today. A recent study examined the effects of a yoga breathing practice on heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and cardiorespiratory functioning. Researchers assessed cardiorespiratory responses before and after the yoga breathing session. Researchers found that heart rate and systolic blood pressure significantly decreased after the yoga breathing session, and peak expiratory flow rates increased. The results indicated that the yoga breathing significantly improved overall cardiorespiratory responses.