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Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 1988 Jul-Sep;32(3):202-8.

Effect of short term yoga practice on ventilatory function tests.

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Department of Physiology, M.G.M. Medical College, Indore.


Twentyfive normal male volunteers undergoing a ten weeks course in the practice of yoga have been studied by some parameters of ventilatory functions tests. The observations recorded at the end of ten weeks of the course have shown improved ventilatory functions in the form of lowered respiratory rate, increased forced vital capacity, FEV1, maximum breathing capacity and breath holding time, while tidal volume and %FEV1, did not reveal any significant change. Thus, a combined practice of yoga seems to be beneficial on respiratory efficiency.

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