Breaking a World Record with Pranayama Practice

Many, many congratulations are in order! On Tuesday, the Guinness Book of Records world record for the biggest breath practice in the world was broken!! By all accounts, it was an awe-inspiring event involving 650 people across nine countries, all breathing simultaneously. The event was organised in order to raise asthma awareness, which is perhaps particularly apt this week given the very recent research released on yoga's benefits for this population.

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May 05, 2016
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Many, many congratulations are in order! On Tuesday, the Guinness Book of Records world record for the biggest breath practice in the world was broken!! By all accounts, it was an awe-inspiring event involving 650 people across nine countries, all breathing simultaneously. The event was organised in order to raise asthma awareness, which is perhaps particularly apt this week given the very recent research released on yoga's benefits for this population.

As the linked blog post below explains, 1 in every 12 adults and 1 in every 11 children in the UK are receiving treatment for asthma which amounts to a massive 5.4 million people. In 2009, 1,131 deaths occurred in relation to asthma and Asthma UK say that 90% of such deaths could be preventable. These stats highlight the acute need of increased treatments and methods of prevention.

In the recent research, Dr. Jin-Ling Tang looked at the evidence from 15 studies involving more than 1,000 asthma patients to see whether yoga provided significant benefits.One third of these studies included only yoga breathing exercises, and the rest included breathing, postures, and meditation. The yoga practice lasted anywhere from two weeks to four and a half years, though it was less than six months in most studies.Overall, yoga slightly improved symptoms and quality of life and reduced the need for medications. This is a great start but more research into this important area is clearly needed.

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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