Okay, we're not saying that doing yoga breathing techniques can literally make you more intelligent, but research indicates that deep, measured respiration may be able to boost your brain's ability to think clearly.
It makes sense. After all, your gray matter needs oxygen in order to function. Even a few seconds without a good breath can make it difficult to think clearly. (And obviously, holding your breath any longer than that isn't advisable.)
So how can the mind-body regimen rev up your thinker? It all comes down to using yoga breathing for stress.
Dr. Frank Lawlis, a fellow at the American Psychological Association, told Wired Magazine that tense or anxious situations alter the way we breathe – and not for the better.
"Most people breathe incorrectly," he said of individuals under pressure, noting that stress can cause shallow, rapid respiration or even breath-holding. "So the first thing that goes is your memory."
The remedy? Adopt yoga breathing as part of your lifestyle, and you may find that as you become more familiar with the holistic system, your lungs and diaphragm naturally draw deeper, slower breaths during times of crisis.
As the news source concluded, yoga breathing's "impact on intelligence [is] possibly strong."