Effect of Six Week Pranayama Practice on Selected Physiological Variables of Young Males

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Saurabh Mishra, Sudip Naskar, Shivam Singh, Bhuwan Chandra Kapri


The practise of pranayama is renowned for its impact on cardiorespiratory processes. In light of this, the current study's objective was to ascertain the impact of practising Ujjayi and Bhastrika pranayama for 30 minutes per day, five days a week, on breath holding capacity, blood pressure, and pulse rate. For this study, Sixty (60) healthy, normal male volunteers participated who were classified into two groups of thirty (30) subjects each. The subjects ranged in age from 15 to 17 years old. None of the study's participants had any prior exposure to pranayama. The subjects were very motivated to take part in the current research programme. The training schedule consisted of five days per week, from 5 to 6 p.m. Prior to and following the introduction of the training schedule, measurements of all the chosen physiological parameters were made. The study's findings showed that after practising Ujjayi and Bhastrika Pranayama, the subjects' ability to hold their breath significantly improved. The subjects' pulse rates, however, did not significantly change in relation to the training programme. Systolic blood pressure showed a comparable outcome as well. The training programme had a significant impact on diastolic blood pressure. According to the current study, Bhastrika and Ujjayi Pranayama enhance some physiological parameters. The findings of this study suggest that these pranayama techniques could be beneficial for individuals seeking to improve their overall health and well-being. Further studies with a larger and more diverse population could help establish the potential therapeutic benefits of these practises.

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