In this episode, host Charles Raison discusses the health benefits of breath work with Donald J. Noble, PhD, continuing a conversation started in a prior “Health is Everything” podcast episode. In this installment Raison and Noble open up a wide-ranging discussion on topics ranging from how breathing changes brain function on a moment-by-moment basis to the potential of both slow-deep and rapid breathing to improve well-being, along the way providing a quick guide to the bodily mechanisms involved in various therapeutic breathing strategies.
As you read this, you are breathing and taking no notice of this. After listening to this podcast, we think you may never completely ignore breathing again. In fact, like us, you might become fascinated with the potential breathing holds for changing how we think about ourselves and the world around us.
Few scientists understand this better, both professionally and personally than Don Noble, our guest for this podcast. Dr. Noble has devoted his research career to understanding how breathing–especially slow deep breathing–contributes to the benefits of meditation and yoga techniques. Many people study meditation, but Dr. Noble has done so with a twist, having developed an animal model for the physical benefits of meditation by training rodents to slow their breathing, as happens when humans meditate. In addition to his research, Dr. Noble has been at the forefront of developing novel experiential classes that explore mind-body wellness practices for the Emory Center for the Study of Human Health.
Join us as we explore with Dr. Noble how to harness the mysteries of breath to improve our mental and physical health.