American Magazine Calls Pranayama ‘Cardiac Coherence Breathing,’ Receives OutrageTop Stories

January 30, 2019 17:49
American Magazine Calls Pranayama ‘Cardiac Coherence Breathing,’ Receives Outrage

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A recent article published in the American magazine Scientific American regarding the well-known breathing technique - Pranayama - is receiving flak for giving it a western name.

Pranayama is part of yoga, that is supposedly part of an ‘Indian culture’ and has been practiced in the subcontinent for a long time. It is performed by closing your left nostril with your thumb, inhale for five seconds from the right one and hold your breath. Now close your right nostril and slowly exhale from the left. It is a traditional breathing technique that has been advocated for generations.

The magazine recently shared one of their articles on Twitter describing the benefits of ‘Cardiac Coherence Breathing' which in simpler words is the Indian technique of Pranayama.

The tweet said, "Cardiac coherence breathing exercises can stabilize the heartbeat and have a powerful ability to dampen anxiety."

Indian National Congress Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor retweeted the article adding his word of advice. He wrote: “Detailed description of the benefits of the 2500-year-old Indian technique of pranayama, dressed up in 21st c. scientific language as "cardiac coherence breathing"! It's taking the West a few millennia to learn what our ancients taught us millennia ago, but hey, you're welcome..."

Going viral on Twitter, Indian netizens are also trolling the website for stealing the age-old Indian technique.

-Sowmya Sangam

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