The physiological and psychological effects of Ashtanga yoga
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SubjectAṣṭāṅga yoga -- Physiological aspects.; Aṣṭāṅga yoga -- Psychological aspects.; Yoga -- Physiological aspects.; Stress (Psychology)
Purpose of the research was to evaluate the physiological and stress-related psychological effects of weekly ashtanga yoga training; hypothesis was that three months of twice weekly 60-90 minute ashtanga yoga sessions would have positive effects on: blood pressure, upper body muscular endurance, trunk muscular endurance, flexibility, and perceived stress; subjects were seven college-age untrained females with a control group of five moderately active college-age females who engaged in traditional physical activity; results included statistically significant upper body muscular endurance and increased trunk flexibility, with other evidence of positive effects on cardiovascular fitness, perceived stress, and mental health.
vii, 84 leaves : ill., charts ; 29 cm.