ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: EFFECT OF BHASTRIKA PRANAYAMA ON “SHWASAN KARMA”
Article Category: Original Research articles
Author: Chetan Dadaji Kelkar, Pawan Sheshrao Lekurwale *, Pravin Ramraoji Kherde, Deepak Madanmohan Vyas, Suchita Gopalrao Shrikhande
Abstract: Pranayama is a breathing technique that produces many systemic and psychological effects in the body, specifically on the respiratory system. It is also an art to control the life force of breath. The aim and objective are to assess effect of breathing exercise i.e., Bhastrika Pranayama on ‘Shwasan Karma’, in individuals practicing regularly for continuous 12 weeks. This study was designed to study the effects of Pranayama on the pulmonary function parameters. Pranayama is one of the best lifestyle modifications which have ever been devised in the history of mankind. It is an ancient yoga technique, a spiritual and physical practice which integrates the mind and body. Pranayama is a type of yogic practice which produces many systemic psycho-physical effects in the body, besides its specific effects on the respiratory functions. The study group consisted of 32 volunteers. The participants were asked to undergo Pranayama training for 30 min daily, for 3 months. The results showed statistically significant improvement in FVC, FEV1, PEFR, MVV after pranayama. After analysing statistically results showed that, Shwasan Karma was significantly improved in individuals practicing Bhastrika Pranayama.
Keyword: Bhastrika pranayama, FVC, FEV1, PEFR, MVV.