Effect of Nadi Shuddhi Pranayama on concentration of students

Kiran Tawalare, Kalpana Tawalare

Abstract


Students complain about decreased perception of subject due to lack of concentration and stress, which leads to low scores. Nadi shuddhi pranayama (NSP) is a yogic exercise that helps to increase concentration. This proposed study aims to see the effect of NSP on concentration of the students. 60 students of I BAMS underwent a series of 20 lectures. First 10 days, students were taught with traditional method. Next 10 days, NSP was done by students at the beginning of each lecture for 3 minute. Pre test and post test was taken in the form of multiple choice questions (MCQs). Feedback was taken after post test. We found that students who practiced NSP maintain better concentration in academics. MCQ score is significantly increased when post score was compared against the pre test score with paired t test (p < 0.0001). Feedback score based on 5 point Likert scale analyzed with Kruskal-Wallis test expressed feeling of relaxation and increase in concentration by performing NSP. NSP improves the concentration of the students, enhances the learning process, and helps students to minimize the stress and improve academic performance.

Keywords: Concentration, Nadi shuddhi pranayama, Stress.


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