Title: Stretching the Breath for Health: The Science and Clinical Application of Slow Breathing from Yoga
Presenter: Gurjeet Birdee, MD
Director, Osher Center for Integrative Health
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Description: Breathing serves a fundamental role in human physiology, emotion, and behavior. Slow breathing techniques have been used as part of yoga for 2 millennia. This branch of yoga is called pranayama which provides theory and techniques for slow breathing with potential health benefits. In the past few decades, there has been substantial research regarding the mechanism and clinical applications of pranayama. In addition, slow breathing techniques are common to many mind-body practices and psychological treatments. In this presentation, Dr. Birdee will review the philosophy and technique of slow breathing from yoga, discuss potential mechanisms, and clinical applications for health conditions.
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 6th | 8:00am – 9:00am US EDT
Cost: Free. CME credit available
Preview Audio (6 mins)
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Dr. Gurjeet Birdee is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, having practiced clinical medicine in academic medical centers including Harvard Medical School and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has completed yoga therapy training and practiced mind-body techniques including meditation, slow breathing, and martial arts for over 30 years. He received a Master of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health and completed the Integrative Medicine Research and Faculty Development Fellowship at the Osher Research Center Harvard Medical School in 2009. Dr. Birdee has conducted mind-body research for over one decade funded by the National Institutes of Health to advance the understanding on the mechanisms and clinical effectiveness of mind-body practices for chronic health conditions. Dr. Birdee is the Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In addition to research, Dr. Birdee provides integrative consults and yoga therapy.