Pranayama increases grip strength without lateralized effects

Author: Raghuraj P//Nagarathna R//Nagendra HR//Telles S
Vivekananda Kendra Yoga Research Foundation, Bangalore
Conference/Journal: Indian J Physiol Pharmacol
Date published: 1997
Other: Volume ID: 41 , Issue ID: 2 , Pages: 129-33 , Special Notes: Clinical Trial Randomized Controlled Trial , Word Count: 157

Vivekananda Kendra Yoga Research Foundation, Bangalore
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.