The Guardian: 'Deep breath, cup of tea, long walk': nine ways to stay calm in a crisis

Several studies demonstrate slow, deep breathing is calming. Most recently, researchers from Georgia, in the US, observed that 15 minutes of deep breathing reduced reactivity of the nerve network that is active during the stress response in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Acute effects of device-guided slow breathing on sympathetic nerve activity and baroreflex sensitivity in posttraumatic stress disorder

Patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have elevated sympathetic nervous system reactivity and impaired sympathetic and cardiovagal baroreflex sensitivity (BRS). Device-guided slow breathing (DGB) has been shown to lower blood pressure (BP) and sympathetic activity in other patient populations. We hypothesized that DGB acutely lowers BP, heart rate (HR), and improves BRS in PTSD.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison: Yogic breathing shows promise in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder

A new study from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers hope for those suffering from [post-traumatic stress disorder]. Researchers there are studying whether a breathing-based meditation practice called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga can be an effective treatment for PTSD.

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CBS News: Yogic breathing offers hope for vets suffering from PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder continues to wreak havoc on the lives of veterans, but a new study suggests yoga could provide relief.

The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison measured the effectiveness of Sudarshan Kriya Yoga on 21 soldiers for reducing hyper-arousal associated with PTSD. Those who received the one-week training in yogic breathing showed lower anxiety, reduced respiration rates and fewer PTSD symptoms.

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The Wall Street Journal: Breathing for Your Better Health

Breathing and controlling your breath is one of the easiest ways to improve mental and physical health, doctors and psychologists say. Slow, deep and consistent breathing has been shown to have benefits in treating conditions ranging from migraines and irritable bowel syndrome to anxiety disorders and pain.

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