Yogic breathing helps fight major depression, study shows

Controlled breathing practices show promise in patients who don’t fully respond to antidepressants –

A breathing-based meditation practice known as Sudarshan Kriya yoga helped alleviate severe depression in people who did not fully respond to antidepressant treatments, reports a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). The study bolsters the science behind the use of controlled yogic breathing to help battle depression.

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8 Powerful Ancient Qigong Exercises for Cultivating Healing Energy in the Body


qigong-exercises-energy-lightregularly practicing qigong exercises is a remarkably powerful way to accumulate healing energy in the body. photo: lerina winter

What is Qigong and Why is it Essential?

Qigong (pronounced: chee-gun), which combines meditative and physically active elements, is the basic exercise system within Chinese medicine. Qigong exercises are designed to help you preserve your

Jing, strengthen and balance the flow of Qi energy, and enlighten your Shen. Its dynamic exercises and meditations have Yin and Yang aspects: The Yin is being it; the Yang is doing it. Yin qigong exercises are expressed through relaxed stretching, visualization, and breathing.
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Forever young: Meditation might slow the age-related loss of gray matter in the brain

Areas of the brain affected by aging (in red) are fewer and less widespread in people who meditate, bottom row, than in people who don’t meditate.
Credit: Courtesy of Dr. Eileen Luders

Since 1970, life expectancy around the world has risen dramatically, with people living more than 10 years longer. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that starting when people are in their mid-to-late-20s, the brain begins to wither — its volume and weight begin to decrease. As this occurs, the brain can begin to lose some of its functional abilities.
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