I have to say that for as much of a flag-waving proponent of the amazing effects of conscious breathing techniques (CBTs) as I am, I’ve always been a bit skeptical of some of the techniques and claims.
Alternate nostril breathing techniques fall into that category. I’ve never seen the kind of convincing studies that have proven many of the other claims around CBTs. But now we have the YOU docs – Drs. Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen making some pretty bold claims around improving memory using left nostril breathing in the ezine “healthzone.ca.”
According to healthzone.ca “undergraduates who did left-nostril breathing before a memory test scored 16 per cent higher than those who didn’t. And left-nostril breathing improved spatial memory scores in kids by 43 per cent.” What is really quite fascinating is that right nostril breathing had no effect (on those tests). We’ll have to wait for the sequel to find out if right nostril breathing can help me write that hit song!
You might want to read the whole article. Now where are those car keys…