Arterial blood gases in Pranayama practice
Perceptual and motor skills
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 1978
Pages: 171 - 174
Source ID: shanti-sources-30296
Collection: Yoga-Based Medical Interventions
Abstract: Pranayama is a Yogic breathing practice which is known experientially to produce a profound calming effect on the mind. In an experiment designed to determine whether the mental effects of this practice were accompanied by changes in the arterial blood gases, arterial blood was drawn from 10 trained individuals prior to and immediately after Pranayama practice. No significance changes in arterial blood gases were noted after Pranayama. A neural mechanism for the mental effects of this practice is proposed.