Background: Yoga is ancient heritage of India that has given man the answers to his spiritual and holistic search for perfect health and well-being. Pranayama, the fourth limb of ashtanga yoga, plays a significant role in maintaining the autonomic functions of an individual. In today’s world of cut throat competition everyone is striving hard to live a natural, healthy and stress free life. Pranayama is a simple and easier way through which one can reduces all his stress, tension and live a healthier disease free life.
Aim: To elucidate the effect of slow breathing pranayama on sympatho-vagal balance.
Material and methods: The study included thirty medical students both male and female of age group 17-21 years. Students practiced anulom-vilom pranayama twenty five minutes daily for three months. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is measured before, at 6 weeks and at 12weeks of pranayama practice. Parameters included in the study were High Frequency Component (HF), Low Frequency Component (LF) and LF/HF
Results: There occurs a significant increase (p value
HF, HRV, LF, LF/HF, Pranayama.