Anyone who knows me knows that I am inseparable from breathing techniques for the improvement of all aspects of human life.
The ancient yogic science of breath is the science that deals with body, breath, mind, soul, and ultimately, the universe itself.
Sudarshan kriya yoga (SKY) is a type of cyclical controlled breathing practice with roots in traditional yoga that provides relief for depression. It is not a proprietary technique but one of mixed use of various kriya yoga pranayamas taught by is taught by the nonprofit Art of Living Foundation. It has been shown to have numerous physical and emotional benefits.
It has four distinct components:
Medical science is currently rediscovering and validating many of the ancient health practices from traditional cultures worldwide. SKY is one novel practice that is undergoing extensive research to show it as an evidence-based treatment. SKY has been reported to be effective not only for treating stress and anxiety, but also for PTSD, depression, stress-related medical illness, and substance abuse, and for rehabilitation of criminal offenders.
Breathing techniques (pranayamas) are well-tolerated tools that can be easily integrated into diverse community care models. Controlled breathing can relieve stress and develop an individual's mind–body–spirit so that they can be happier and healthier. In the competitive modern world, in which stress and anxiety are part of everyday life, adding time-honored, evidence-based breathing practices may facilitate a healthier life!
You owe it to yourself, learn breathing exercises and improve the quality of your life!
Dr. Lorn Allison
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