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Yoga for bronchial asthma: a controlled study 

Abstract: Fifty three patients with asthma underwent training for two weeks in an integrated set of yoga exercises, including breathing exercises, suryanamaskar, yogasanas (physical postures), Pranayama (breath slowing techniques), dhyana (meditation), and a devotional session, and were told to practice these exercises for 65 minutes daily. They were then compared with a control group of 53 patients with asthma matched for age, sex, type and severity of asthma who continued to take their usual drugs. There was a significantly greater improvement in the group who practiced yoga in the weekly number of attacks of asthma, scores for drug treatment, and peak flow rate.  Read More...

An Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy for Bronchial Asthma: A 3 -54-Month Prospective Study
Abstract : After an initial integrated yoga training program of 2 to 4 weeks, 570 bronchial asthmatics were followed up for 3 to 54 months. The training consisted of yoga practices-Yogasanas, Pranayama, meditation, and kriyas-and theory of yoga. Results show highly significant improvement in most of the specific parameters. The regular practitioners showed the greatest improvement. Peak expiratory flow rate (PFR) values showed significant movement of patients toward normalcy after yoga, and 72, 69, and 66% of the patients have stopped or reduced parenteral, oral, and cortisone medication, respectively.  Read More...

Daily PEFR Studies In Bronchial Asthmatics During Yoga Therapy
Abstract : Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR) is a good indicator for the lung function capacity. Daily PEFR recorded in 161 patients of bronchial asthma after yoga therapy of one hour daily for 15 days has shown significant trend toward s improvement. Yoga is found to be an important non pharmacological approach.  Read More...

Yoga - Chair Breathing For Acute Episodes of Bronchial Asthma
Abstract : One hundred and ten episodes of airway obstruction in 86 bronchial asthmatics were treated by a special eight stepped yoga chair breathing procedure consisting of very simple neck muscle relaxation movements and asanas with breathing exercises. Seventy percent of the episodes have been successfully relieved within a mean time of 30 mts. The patients gained great confidence and tried this technique before resorting to drugs. The reduction in panic anxiety elements, cutting the vicious circle of aggravating bronchial obstruction appear to work in relieving the acute episodes.  Read More...

Clinical Study of Yoga Techniques In University Students With Asthma: A Control Study
Abstract :
Adult asthmatics, ranging from 19 to 52 years from an asthma and allergy clinic in a university setting volunteered to participate in the study. The 17 students were randomly divided into yoga (9 subjects) and non-yoga control (8 subjects) groups. The yoga group was taught a set of breathing and relaxation techniques including breath slowing exercises (Pranayama), physical postures (yogasanas), and meditation. Yoga techniques were taught at the university health center, three times a week for 16 weeks. All the subjects in both groups maintained daily symptom and medication diaries, collected A.M. and P.M. peak flow readings, and completed weekly questionnaires. Spirometry was performed each subject every week. Analysis of the data showed that the subjects in the yoga group reported a significant degree of relaxation, positive attitude and better yoga exercise tolerance. There was also a tendency towards lesser usage of beta adrenergic inhalers. The pulmonary function did not vary significantly between yoga & control groups. Yoga techniques seem beneficial as an adjunct to the medical management of asthma. (Allergy and asthma proc 19: 3-9, 1998)  Read More...

Preliminary studies of Yoga Therapy for Bronchial Asthma
Preliminary studies to ascertain the efficacy of Yoga therapy in the treatment of bronchial asthma and to develop suitable set of yogic practices are presented in this report. 
The data clearly indicates a significant qualitative improvement in all the following parameters: Read More...

Yoga Therapy For NIDDM; A Controlled Trial
Objective - To study the potential of yoga therapy as an aid to the management of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM).
Design - A randomized trial comparing the policy of offering yoga classes with that of non - intervention,
Setting - Royal Free Hospital, London.
Patients - 21patients with NIDDM, taking medication (13) or on diet control alone (8).  Read More...

Measuring the Effect of Yoga in Rheumatoid Arthritis
SIR - RA is a complex disease which requires the broad skills of a multidisciplinary team for effective management. Increasing attention is now given to the patient's role with the team. With emphasis on self-help and a greater degree of control by the patients of their disease and its treatment. A logical extension of this process is the use of less conventional methods of management in conjunction with a conventional medical treatment regime. In this context the physical and psychological control and relaxation induced by yoga appeared attractive but reservation has been expressed regarding the applicability of yoga to patients with physical handicap. We therefore set up a pilot study to explore the ability of patients with severe RA to participate in a yoga program and to make observations regarding any benefit obtained. We believe this is the first controlled trial of yoga for RA [1] . Twenty volunteers with RA of sufficient severity to require disease-modifying therapy were selected for the study. Ten entered a yoga program and 10 acted as controls. Table 1 gives bio-data for the two groups.  Read More...


Abstract: The present study aimed at assessing the effects of a set of yoga practices on normal adults (n=37), children (n=86), and patients with rheumatoid arthritis (n=20). An equal number of normal adults, children, and patients with rheumatoid arthritis who did not practice yoga were studied under each category, forming respective control groups. Yoga and control group subjects were assessed at baseline and after varying intervals, as follows, adults after 30 days, children after 10 days and patients after 15 days, based on the duration of the yoga program, which they attended, which was already fixed. Hand grip strength of both hands, measured with a grip dynamometer, increased in normal adults and children, and in rheumatoid arthritis patients, following yoga, but not in the corresponding control groups, showing no re-test effect. Adult female volunteers and patients showed a greater percentage improvement than corresponding adult males. This gender-based difference was not observed in children. Hence yoga practice improves hand grip strength in normal persons and in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, though the magnitude of improvement varies with factors such as gender and age.  Read More...


The basis for an integrated approach for Yoga Therapy rooted in Upanishads and Yoga texts is presented in this report. After presenting a general classification of ailments, the science of psychosomatic diseases is described.

The origin of diseases at Manomaya Kosa (a subtle sheath of our existence) percolates to the gross physical frame through Pranayama Kosa in which disturbances in the flow of Prana and instability of the Nadis are caused.

The integrated approach is to harmonize and calm down the disturbances at all these levels by Kriyas, Physical exercises, Asanas, Breathing and Pranayama, Meditation and Devotional session, Analysis and Jnana Yoga.

The results of this approach presented elsewhere has shown promising implicational value.  Read More...

Applications of integrated approach of Yoga - A review
Abstract :
The review paper presents the overall results of the investigations undertaken to examine the efficacy of Yoga Therapy in the treatment and rehabilitation of various stress induced psychosomatic ailments in the psychiatric problems The work covers a period about 5 years. The region investigations encompassed some selected cities of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar and West Bengal. But Bangalore has been selected as the main work base for study and research. Read More...

History: Yoga has its origin in Sankhya philosophy of Indian culture which is about 8000 years old. Upanishads, the essence of Vedas, Bhagavad-Gita, Patanjali yoga sutras, Hatha pradipika, Gheranda samhita and Yoga Vasistha are common texts of yoga.
What is yoga?
Yoga is not only physical postures. The practices like Pranayama and meditation are also included under yoga. The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit verb "Yuj" (to unite) which refers to merging of individual Consciousness with universal Consciousness. Patanjali defines yoga as 'mastery over the modifications of mind-Chitta vritti nirodhah'. Read More...

In recent years there has been considerable interest in scientific research on yoga in India and in the West. However, it is heartening as well as interesting that the earliest research on this ancient Indian science began in Lonavala (Maharashtra). The meticulous work which also involved X-ray studies was carried out by Swami Kuvalayananda (Kuvalayananda 1925a,b), who demonstrated intra-visceral pressure changes as well as shifts in the relative positions of the viscera during Kriyas or cleansing procedures. After this, for a while yoga research was focused on investigating physiological potentials and some unusual claims of yogis being able to lower their metabolism (Anand et al. 1961a), to shut off sensory stimuli while meditating (Anand et al. 1961b), and their ability to alter their cardiovascular functions at will (Anand et al. 1961 c, Wenger et al. 1961, Kothari et al. 1973). Read More...

The modern medical system has replaced almost all the traditional systems of medicine in different parts of this globe because of its rational basis. It has proved itself most effective in saving man from the fatal hands of contagious and infectious diseases. However, rapidly increasing incidence of stress related ailments is posing a great challenge to the modern medical system. It is here that Yoga appears to make a vital contribution to the modern medical system. To date, large number of publications are available studying various aspects of yoga in health and disease. Read More...

Yoga in Rehabilitation:
Yoga practices have been tried in the rehabilitation of various socially disadvantaged groups like inmates of jails, drug abusers, alcoholics, congenitally blind, mentally retarded and children from community (remand) homes. In all these socially disadvantaged groups, either due to repressed anger or depression or anxiety, a heightened state of mental arousal could be a common underlying factor, that can interfere with their efficiency in any new learning for better living or for improved performance. Read More...

Effect of 'pranic' healing in chronic Musculoskeletal pain
Objective: To compare the immediate effect of panic healing, a non-touch non pharmacological method of treatment, in chronic musculoskeletal pain with a placebo session of random hand movements.
Design: A self control single blind study. Patients were blind folded with an eye band on both days of the healing and placebo session. Read More...

he benefits of work site stress management programs for a symptomatic employee populations remain to be established. The present study evaluated the physiological changes of a yoga based stress management program for 26 a symptomatic, male, middle managers. The Occupational Stress index (OSI) and autonomic parameters were measured. Data of subjects with OSI greater or less than the median ware analyzed separately.. Read More...

Yoga - A National Perspective
The rule of the British in India, in a sense, was a boon for India. Their ulterior motive of initially, business and then to conquer India no doubt succeeded. But the subtle tactics of education to create an army of slaves and clerks in India so that the British could rule India for eternity did not work for long. The English-educated little genius Naren, with an innate urge to find God, powered by Gadadhara, the great Ramakrishna Paramahansa, reversed the calculations of the British. The studentship of Sri Aurobindo in England only made. Read More...


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