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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 6, Issue 3, March 2013 pp 115-118

Research Article

Effect of Yogic exercises on aerobic capacity (VO2 max)

Vinayak P. Doijad1, Prathamesh Kamble2, Anil D. Surdi3

{1Assistant professor, 3Professor} Dept. of Physiology, Dr. V. M. Govt. Medical College, Solapur, Maharashtra, INDIA.

2Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physiology, B. J. Govt. Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



Yoga is considered to be a very good exercise for maintaining proper health. It produces consistent physiological changes and have sound scientific basis. It is claimed that yoga practices improve various cardiorespiratory fitness parameters. Aim: To find the effect of short term Yoga practice on aerobic capacity (VO2 max.) Objective: To measure aerobic capacity (VO2 max.) Before and after Yoga practice. Material and Methods: The present study was conducted on 60 M.B.B.S. students (40 males and 20 females) within the age group of 18-20 years. VO2 max was measured using bicycle Ergometer in our ‘Exercise and Sports Physiology’ laboratory. It was recorded at start of study (baseline) and then after 12 weeks of yoga therapy. Results: For both the genders VO2 max was found to be increased after yoga therapy for 12 weeks. Conclusion: the present study concludes that yoga practice can be used to perk up cardio-respiratory fitness.