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Title: Pranayama increases grip strength without lateralized effects.
Author: Raghuraj, P.; Nagarathna R.; Nagendra H.R.; Telles, Shirley
Abstract: The present study was conducted to determine whether breathing through a particular nostril has a lateralized effect on hand grip strength. 130 right hand dominant, school children between 11 and 18 yrs of age were randomly assigned to 5 groups. Each group had a specific yoga practice in addition to the regular program for a 10 day yoga camp. The practices were: (1) right, (2) left, (3) alternate- nostril breathing (4), breath awareness and (5) practice of mudras. Hand grip strength of both hands was assessed initially and at the end of 10 days for all 5 groups. The right, left- and alternate- nostril breathing groups had a significant increase in grip strength of both hands, ranging from 4.1% to 6.5%, at the end of the camp though without any lateralization effect. The breath awareness and mudra groups showed no change. Hence the present results suggest that yoga breathing through a particular nostril, or through alternate nostrils increases hand grip strength of both hands without lateralization.
Description: Research Papers - PRANAYAMA INCREASES GRIP STRENGTH WITHOUT LATERALIZED EFFECTS
URI: http://www.libraryofyoga.com/handle/123456789/55
Date: 1997-07-17

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