Slow Breathing: Samavriti and Visamavriti Pranayama for Reducing Stress

In our first podcast episode under the new format, we review the paper Slow breathing for reducing stress: The effect of extending exhale. Our main focus was the methods section. Here are some basics we covered:

  • Randomization and blinding challenges in yoga research
  • Slow breathing parameters for study inclusion/exclusion
  • Participant screening for eligiblity
  • Outcome measures
    • Heart Rate Variability  (HRV) using ECG
    • PROMIS Anxiety Score – self-reported
  • Effect size versus p-value
  • Intervention sources – Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar
  • Conclusions yoga teachers can safely make

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