Dr Varun Malhotra, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, AIIMS Bhopal, has been awarded with the ISSN award. Dr. Malhotra received the "International Best Researcher Award" by the ISSN Society International Science and Technology Awards (IIRA2023) in association with the World Research Council. AIIMS Bhopal Executive Director Prof. Dr. Ajai Singh congratulated and blessed Dr. Varun Malhotra.

The award was given for his research work "Study of immediate neurological and autonomic changes during Kapalbhati Pranayama in yoga practitioners".

Dr. Danish Javed, Dr. Santosh Wakode, Dr. Rajya Bharshankar, Dr. Neha Soni and Dr. Patrick K. Porter were the co-author in this research work. Research has found that vigorous breathing exercises such as Kapalbhati Pranayama have similar benefits to exercise on heart rate and the body's metabolism (sympathetic autonomic system).

Slow deep breathing, on the other hand, helps with the quality of heart rate conduction, promotes parasympathetic balance, and may lead to longevity.

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