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Definition of a Yoga Breathing (Pranayama) Protocol That Improves Lung Function

Kupershmidt, Sabina PhD; Barnable, Traci MSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000331

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.

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 (

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.

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