Student Name: Yulia Funnye

Course and Section Number: Eng 1121/E106


My general area of study is: breathing exercise (pranayama)


1.     After doing some preliminary research, I am able to note below at least one argument / discussion / problem that surrounds my area of study:


·       Scientific prove of effectiveness and health benefits is hard to do;

·       Health benefits vs. no impact on health


2.     The people or community of people most affected by this problem are…: Anybody can benefit, but people who doesn’t practice yoga, who doesn’t know or has prejudges about breathing exercise being ineffective, religious, etc.


3.     Here are some key terms or phrases particularly associated with this issue: Pranayama, alternate nostril breathing, deep breathing, mind, body, yoga, health asthma, hypertension, anxiety, stress, vagus nerve.


4.           Here are the sources I have used so far to read about and otherwise learn about this issue. (Wikipedia, CNN, personal interviews, The New York Times, Psychology Todaywhatever the source, please note it. Did you use the key terms you just listed, above, when you conducted your searches? If not, take some time and do so!):

Alderman, Lesley. “Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 9 Nov. 2016,

Boncompagni, Tatiana. “Want a Better Workout? Just Breathe.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 4 Jan. 2018,

Carrera, Jaganath. Inside the Yoga Sutras: a Comprehensive Sourcebook for the Study and Practice of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Integral Yoga Publications, 2006.

Desikachar, T. K. V. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice. Inner Traditions International, 1999.

Iyengar, B. K. S., and Yehudi Menuhin. Light on Yoga: Yoga Dipika. Harper Collins, 2014.

Reynolds, Gretchen. “Why Deep Breathing May Keep Us Calm.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 5 Apr. 2017, 

Stern, Eddie. One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2019.