Yogic breath

Yogic Breathing and its Impact on Cerebrospinal Fluid

December 13, 2022

The health of the central nervous system of our bodies is heavily dependent on the cerebrospinal fluid, which is one of the two fluid compartments of the brain along with interstitial fluid. With advancement of technology and many research efforts put together by various fields of people, it has been detected that various forms and techniques of yogic breathing can help in better function of the central nervous system that regulates many parts of our bodily functions especially the brain. By understanding the mechanisms that drive the cerebrospinal fluid movement, which enhances and influences removal of waste products of the brain is a huge clinical impact.

The wellness of the body and mind encompasses various therapies like yoga, meditation, Tai Chi and several other relaxation techniques, of which yoga has been the most identified and integrative approach for the overall health and well-being in the 21st century. Yogic breathing consists of various breathing techniques that are practiced with mindfulness, attention focus and conscious control with a sustainable breathing pattern. Since one of the key aspects of yogic breathing is to take slower, deeper and rhythmical breath it has many self-controlling mechanisms with health benefits. Cerebrospinal fluid is sensitive to respiratory mechanisms, thus yogic breathing can influence it, keeping it function properly.

Selda Yildiz, John Grinstead, Andrea Hildebrand, John Oshinski, William D. Rooney, Miranda M. Lim and Barry Oken digs deeper to find out the impact of yogic breathing on pulsatile cerebrospinal fluid dynamics in a journal by scientific reports in nature.com

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