Natural Change in Breathing

Subjects were measured for changes in breathing rate during the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique. Breath rate fell from about 14 breaths per minute to about 11 breaths per minute, indicating the Transcendental Meditation technique produces a state of rest and relaxation. The change in breath rate is natural, effortless, and comfortable.

A wakeful hypometabolic physiologic state, American Journal of Physiology 22: 795­799, 1971.