The Science of Yogic Breathing

Sunday, 11/05 at 8:45 AM to 9:50 AM

Breath work is a general term used to describe any type of therapy that utilizes breathing exercises to improve physical, mental and spiritual health. Many forms of breath work exist today, each with their own unique methods of using breath for healing purposes. Drawing from traditions of yoga, qigong and contemplative practice, these techniques are used for relaxation, self-awareness, and stress reduction. Recent research conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina discovered that yogic breathing promotes salivary secretions that contain protein molecules that are important for healthy living and aging. One of the most compelling findings: after 20 minutes of pranayama, the saliva contains more Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) than the non-treatment group. NGF has a central role in the growth of neuron cells and in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Learn the technique used in this study and the other benefits of this ancient practice.

Saraswati Markus

Saraswati is the founder of Nourishing Life Center of Health, an institute for women’s health and regenerative and restorative medicine. She lectures at medical colleges and specialty conferences around the world. She received both her master’s and doctoral degrees in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA. Between 2005-2009, she completed advanced training in acupuncture, herbal medicine, and classical medical literature at Shandong University and Hospital in China. Saraswati is in her 22nd year of teaching medicine and currently holds faculty positions in both master’s and doctoral degree programs. She lives in her Asheville, North Carolina, and leads trainings and immersion programs for women, patients, and practitioners in the U.S. and abroad.