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Your Brain Spies on How You Breathe

Meditation-Workplace-Stress-289x300Among the many amazing functions our brain is responsible for, scientists have just found another—specific brain cells that evolved for the sole purpose of monitoring how we breathe and helping us regulate stress. Researchers from Stanford University discovered what are being called “pranayama neurons”—named after the ancient form of breathing practiced for millennia in Yoga and in other contemplative practices—in the primal brain regions of mice. It appears that others mammals and even humans are suspected to have these same neurons that connect the brain’s respiratory center with its stress regulatory system. How you choose to breathe really does affect how you choose to be! Read more…

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