Sela Yildoz, John Grinstead, Andrea Hildebrand, John Oshinski, William D. Rooney Miranda M. Lim & Barry Oken. “Immediate impact of yogic breathing on pulsatile cerebrospinal fluid dynamics,” Nature.
THE BIG DEAL
Effectively designed breathing protocols influence the dynamics of Cerebrospinal Fluid, which is responsible for the maintenance of a healthy Central Nervous System by both nourishing the brain and removing its waste products. While cardiac activity is normally the primary source of this pulsatile motion, conscious breathwork with proper biomechanics will take over and drive more robust activity.
WHY IT MATTERS
Functional CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) dynamics are essential for cognitive clarity and perceived well-being. Dysfunctional CSF dynamics can be found at the root of many neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.
The paper considers three-part breathing mechanics as “yogic breathing.” In XPT terms, this is simply referred to as proper breathing mechanics, with a focus on the breath being driven by the the diaphragm into the lower abdomen. The researchers found deep abdominal breathing to have the greatest impact on healthy CSF flow.
Learn the XPT Breath Wave, practice nasal lower abdominal breathing 99% of the day, train in the wide range of XPT Performance Breathing protocols to keep your brain healthy and functioning optimally!