Academic journal article International Journal of Yoga

Effect of Pranayama (Voluntary Regulated Breathing) and Yogasana (Yoga Postures) on Lipid Profile in Normal Healthy Junior Footballers

Academic journal article International Journal of Yoga

Effect of Pranayama (Voluntary Regulated Breathing) and Yogasana (Yoga Postures) on Lipid Profile in Normal Healthy Junior Footballers

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Byline: B. Acharya, A. Upadhyay, Ruchita. Upadhyay, A. Kumar

There are many styles of Pranayama (Voluntary Regulated Breathing) and Yogasana (Yoga Postures) that range from very dynamic, active movements that go from one posture to another (and result in a thorough aerobic workout) to more slow-paced practices that hold postures for several minutes and form an intense strength training and balanced workout. Twenty male junior footballers younger than 15 years of age, belonging to the Mohun Bagan Athletic Club, Kolkata, were selected for the study at Haridwar. They had to play in a Football Cup organized in UK and they were here to practice yoga sequences taught by Swami Ramdevji. [sup][1],[2],[3] They were of age 14.65[+ or -]0.58 years and none of them had a history of lipid metabolism disorders. All the footballers were healthy with no history of smoking or alcohol consumption. The scope and objectives of the present study were explained to the subjects and their written consent was obtained for participation in the study. The institutional ethical committee had approved the study protocol and design. The subjects were asked to follow their routine diet and exercise pattern during the period of study. None of the subjects were exposed to yogic practices before this yoga training session. There was a significant reduction in the levels of serum cholesterol, Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, serum triglycerides, and very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL)-cholesterol at the end of the yoga session. …

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