Yoga and chemoreflex response to hypoxia and hypercapnia

Lancet. 2000 Oct 28;356(9240):1495-6. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(00)02881-6.


We tested whether chemoreflex sensitivity could be affected by the practice of yoga, and whether this is specifically because of a slow breathing rate obtained during yoga or as a general consequence of yoga. We found that slow breathing rate per se substantially reduced chemoreflex sensitivity, but long-term yoga practice was responsible for a generalised reduction in chemoreflex.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chemoreceptor Cells / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypercapnia / physiopathology*
  • Hypoxia / physiopathology*
  • Male
  • Reflex / physiology*
  • Respiration
  • Respiratory Physiological Phenomena
  • Yoga*