Abstract

The present study was conducted to assess the immediate effect of high-frequency yoga breathing on muscle strength and motor speed. Bilateral handgrip strength, leg and back strength, finger tapping and arm tapping speed were assessed in fifty male participants (group mean age ± SD, 26.9 ± 6.2 years) before and after (a) high frequency yoga breathing for 15 minutes and (b) breath awareness for the same duration. Sessions (a) and (b) were on two different days but at the same time of the day. The schedule was alternated for different participants. There was a significant increase (P < 0.05) in right hand grip strength after high-frequency yoga breathing. Both finger and arm tapping improved after both practices. The results suggest a role for high-frequency yoga breathing in improving the hand grip strength as an immediate effect.

From: Immediate changes in muscle strength and motor speed following yoga breathing.