FEATURESDefinition of a Yoga Breathing (Pranayama) Protocol That Improves Lung FunctionKupershmidt, Sabina PhD; Barnable, Traci MSN, RN Author Information Department of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, University of South Dakota, Vermillion. Correspondence: Sabina Kupershmidt, PhD, Department of Nursing, University of South Dakota, 1400 West 22nd St, Sioux Falls, SD 57105 ([email protected]). This project was funded by the Nursing Faculty Small Grants Program at USD.The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Holistic Nursing Practice: July/August 2019 - Volume 33 - Issue 4 - p 197-203 doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000331 Buy Metrics Abstract This study tests the hypothesis that yoga breathing (pranayama) improves lung function in healthy volunteers during a 6-week protocol. A randomized controlled pilot study demonstrated an improvement in peak expiratory flow rate and forced expiratory volume. The easy-to-learn approach can be translated to the inpatient and outpatient settings. © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.