Now The West Is Repackaging 'Pranayama' As 'Cardiac Coherence Breathing'

Breathe In…Breathe Out

A U.S Journal in its recent article wrote about ‘proper breathing’, but Indian Twitteratis have lost their breath to it.

The article explaining the benefit of breathing exercises presents the Indian technique of ‘Pranayama’ as ‘Cardiac Coherence Breathing’, the critics said.

The journal posted the article, titled ‘Proper Breathing Brings Better Health’, with a tweet, ”Cardiac coherence breathing exercise can stabilise heartbeat and have a powerful ability to dampen anxiety”.

Several Twitter users in India slammed the article calling it an attempt to ‘repackage’ ancient traditions. They went on to draw comparisons on how the West renamed turmeric milk to ‘turmeric latte’


Those who took a jibe at the article included Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.
” 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…,” the MP from Thiruvananthapuram tweeted.

However, the article does mention ‘Pranayama’ and cites Yoga as the first doctrine to build a theory around respiratory control.

“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,” it said.