The researchers at the Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine conducted a recent study on how breathing rhythms' effect our brain and mental disposition.
Science has stayed at the sidelines and now it is trying to catch up.
It's a no-brainer that breathing equates to living. We can no longer argue about that. Our body teaches us how to breathe, at least for the sake of staying alive.
But ancient cultures have harnessed the power of breathing for overall wellness of the mind and body.
These ancient cultures have passed it on to the modern world. Thus, yoga as a discipline and exercise has evolved in modern societies where stress is prevalent. Even the word 'zen' which equates to calmness and peace made it to the urban dictionary.
Adults regular breathing is between 12 and 18 breaths per minute. But when we get stressed it staggers to 20 breaths per minute.
The study goes deeper into how breathing rhythms and pacing stimulate and affect our brain's ability to think deeper than we normally do. Even when we inhale and exhale through the mouse and nose have corresponding effects.
The neuroscientists found which areas of the brain get affected when we breathe or inhale. Inhalation affects the amygdala, hippocampus, and piriform cortex. These are all parts of the limbic system, the emotional and instinctual center of our brain.
One of the intriguing findings of the study is that our recognition capability and memory retention are faster and more efficient when we breath in through our nose.
In making important decisions, you may want to breathe deeply through your nose when thinking things over.
“When you inhale, you are in a sense synchronizing brain oscillations across the limbic network,” according to Jay Gottfried who is a professor of neurology at Northwestern and the senior author of this study.
The findings are published in Neuroscience
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