Yoga and chemoreflex response to hypoxia and hypercapnia

Author: Spicuzza L. Gabutti A. Porta C. Montano N., & Bernardi L.
Conference/Journal: Lancet
Date published: 2000
Other: Volume ID: 356 , Pages: 1495-1496 , Word Count: 58

METHODS : This study assessed whether chemoreflex sensitivity could be affected by the practice of yoga, and whether it was specifically because of a slow breathing rate obtained during yoga or as a general consequence of yoga. RESULTS: Slow breathing rate per se substantially reduced chemoreflex sensitivity, but long-term yoga practice was responsible for a generalized reduction in chemoreflex.