Background & objectives: Breathing is the most vital function for maintenance of life. Pranayama is an art of controlling the life force of breath. It produces many systemic psycho-physical effects in the body, besides its specific effects on the respiratory functions. It refreshes the air throughout the lungs, in contrast with shallow breathing that refreshes the air only at the base of the lungs. Pranayama helps to bring the conscious awareness in breathing to reshape breathing habits and patterns. Thus the present study was conducted to elucidate the effect of nadi-shodhan pranayama on various pulmonary functions.
Methods: The study included thirty medical students both male and female of age group 17-21 years. Students practiced nadi-shodhan pranayama twenty five minutes daily for three months. Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) is measured before and after pranayama practice. Parameters included in the study were Vital Capacity (VC), Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR) and Maximum Voluntary Ventilation (MVV).
Results: There occurs a significant increase (p value
MVV, PEFR, Pranayama, VC.