Yoga’s influence and presence can be felt in India. It is a fact that it resides in the heart of every Indian; believe it or not. However, some are able to channel it properly, and some aren’t! With Yoga ambassadors like the Indian Prime Minister and Baba Ramdev, it has become a household thing. Now, one of the most well-recognized exercises, which is a fav of many is Pranayama. Yes, the standard practice in which asks you to inhale and exhale.
All the good students of the Yoga classes, haven’t you heard your instructor narrating “inhale-exhale”? We bet you have! However, the name Pranayama is a thing of the past, it seems. A U.S journal titled as Scientific American has given it a new name altogether, calling it ‘cardiac coherence breathing’.
It published a piece which mentioned that appropriate breathing can reduce anxiety and can also stabilize the heartbeat: Take a look:
— Scientific American (@sciam) January 27, 2019
Evidently, Tweeps were certainly not very thrilled to see the revamped version of the word. See here:
Ancient Indian Name – Pranayam
Modern Scientific Name – Cardiac Coherence Breathing?
Ancient Indian Name – Yoga Nidra
Modern Scientific Name – Lucid-Dreaming?
— Rohit Kumar Jha (@blackholesmerge) January 27, 2019
Cardiac coherence breathing is the next turmeric latte 🙄 #pranayama
— zibi (@zibijamal) January 29, 2019
😅😅😅 #Pranayama – the Ancient yoga wisdom and a symbol of brahminical patriarchy in India is now being approved by scientific American as a anxiety dampener. West continues to copy Indian ancient wisdom and flaunts it as their brainwave
— Antevasin🇮🇳 (@Antevasin10) January 28, 2019
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… https://t.co/LLltRZ3pP5
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) January 29, 2019
1. Steal knowledge from ancient cultures and native traditions
2. Rename it and erase origins
3. Claim it as your invention, attack native traditions as “superstition.”
History of the West. These techniques come from yoga, developed over millennia of research in India.
— Sankrant Sanu सानु (@sankrant) January 28, 2019
This alternate nostrils breathing called Nadi Shodhana is a 5000 years old Yoga science of ancient India which is still practiced today. It balances the major nadis Ida,Pingala,Sushumna & the subtle energy centers or chakras. You’ll probably learn about it in another 5000 years.
— Krishna Khandige🇮🇳 (@KKhandige) January 27, 2019
However, the word Pranayama was indeed mentioned in the piece:
“Recommendations for how to modulate breathing and influence health and mind appeared centuries ago as well. Pranayama (“breath retention”) yoga was the first doctrine to build a theory around respiratory control, holding that controlled breathing was a way to increase longevity”.
Well, Pranayama or ‘cardiac coherence breathing’. It’s worth it!