Science of the mind: ancient yoga texts and modern studies
The Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2013
Pages: 93 - 108
Source ID: shanti-sources-85626
Collection: Contemplative Practices and Breath Research
Abstract: The practice of yoga is gaining in popularity with a wide range of practices. Recent research and descriptions from the ancient texts are often concurrent with regard to the effects of the practice, taking into account expected differences between modern scientific terms and those used in the original texts. Voluntarily regulated yoga breathing practices form a bridge between physical and mental changes. The voluntarily regulated yoga breathing has distinct effects on metabolism, the autonomic nervous system, higher brain functions, and mental state. The effects of meditation on the nervous system and mental state are even clearer.