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Percept Mot Skills. 1978 Feb;46(1):171-4.

Arterial blood gases in Pranayama practice.

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.

PMID:
25412
DOI:
10.2466/pms.1978.46.1.171
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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