Effect of short term yoga practice on ventilatory function tests

Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 1988 Jul-Sep;32(3):202-8.


Twentyfive normal male volunteers undergoing a ten weeks course in the practice of yoga have been studied by some parameters of ventilatory functions tests. The observations recorded at the end of ten weeks of the course have shown improved ventilatory functions in the form of lowered respiratory rate, increased forced vital capacity, FEV1, maximum breathing capacity and breath holding time, while tidal volume and %FEV1, did not reveal any significant change. Thus, a combined practice of yoga seems to be beneficial on respiratory efficiency.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Forced Expiratory Volume
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maximal Voluntary Ventilation
  • Middle Aged
  • Respiration
  • Respiratory Physiological Phenomena*
  • Tidal Volume
  • Vital Capacity
  • Yoga*