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Nasal brathing and cognition
« on: February 17, 2017, 07:57:18 am »
Hi. Do any of us notice a difference in cognition when breathing in through the nose during meditation, as opposed to breathing in through the mouth? I mention it because of this article, which says that a new study has found evidence to show that there is actually a direct link between nasal breathing and our cognitive functions:
Apparently the area of the brain receiving smell data then coordinates the amygdala and the hippocampus, and so affects cognition- whether there is any smell present or not.

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Re: Nasal brathing and cognition
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2017, 01:38:21 pm »
Thanks for the reminder. In my "Meditation Basics"] [url][/url], I'd completely forgotten to mention the importance of breathing through the nose -- it's so basic.

In all the instruction I've encountered in yoga and meditation it's always emphasized. As is often the case, science is proving that ancient wisdom is just that -- wisdom.
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Re: Nasal brathing and cognition
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2017, 07:25:27 am »
Thanks for the article, Stillpointdancer.

I am going to share this study with my wife and her niece, who both work in the field of Clinical and Therapeutic Psychology.  Meditation has become very popular in the field, and due to its recommendation to focus on the breath, this may offer an explantion as to why.

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