The purpose of the study was to find out the effect of pranayama on selected respiratory parameters. To achieve this purpose of the study, thirty students studying master degree in the Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, and India were selected as subjects at random. The selected subjects were divided into two equal groups of fifteen subjects each, such as pranayama group and control group. The group I underwent pranayama practice fo9r three days per week for twelve weeks. Group II acted as control who did not participate any special training programmes apart from their regular physical education activities as per their curriculum. Among respiratory parameters, the following variables such as breath holding time and vital capacity were selected as criterion variables. All the subjects of two groups were tested on criterion variables by using holding the breath for time and wet spiro meter respectively at prior to and immediately after the training programme. The analysis of covariance was used to analyze the significant difference, if any between the groups. The level of significance to test the ‘F’ ratio obtained by the Analysis of Covariance was tested .05 level of confidence, which was considered as an appropriate. The results of the study revealed that there was a significant difference between pranayama group and control group on selected respiratory parameters namely Breath Holding Time and Vital Capacity. And also it was found that there was a significant improvement on selected respiratory parameters due to pranayama practice.
Keywords: Pranayama, Respiratory Parameters, Men.Fullscreen Mode