Centre funding 16 yoga research projects [Governance, Health]
The Department of Science and Technology has funded a wide range of research institutions — including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and the Haridwar- based Patanjali Research Foundation, promoted by yoga proponent Baba Ramdev — to study the efficacy of yoga and whether it has a role in alleviating stroke, type- 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s and schizophrenia.
SATYAM, an acronym for Science and Technology of Yoga and Medicine, has been conceived to develop good science around yoga and has nothing to do with religious beliefs.
The bulk of the studies are about measuring brain activity using electro- encephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging — standard tools that are used to check what kind of electrical activity takes place and which regions of the brain are most active — when the brain is involved in a variety of cognitive tasks.
There’ve been studies that suggest Pranayam *a yoga breathing exercise+ can influence attention and arousal [the state of being alert].