Shanmughavadivu. R, Durai Arasan. R


Background:  Pranayama  is  a  breathing  practice  in  which  one  controls  his/her  own  breathing.  This  is  a  part  of  yoga  practice  and  has  multiple  health  benefits.  Reaction  time  is  the  time  between  presentation  of  stimulus  and  appearance  of  appropriate  voluntary  response  in  a  subject.  Methodology:  The  study  was  conducted  in  100  M.B.B.S.  students  in  the  age  range  of  18-23  years  using  reaction  time  software.  Results:  The  visual  reaction  time  value  before  Pranayama  was  282.86  ±  16.20  ms  and  after  Pranayama  practice  was  252.56  ±  18.12  ms.  This  is  statistically  significant  with  a  p-value  <  0.001.  Conclusion:  Regular  practice  of  Pranayama  results  in  reduced  reaction  time  which  indicates  an  improved  attention  span.


Pranayama, visual reaction time (VRT), stimulus, response

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