Effect of pranayama practices and asanas practices on selected psychological variables among obese college women

Senthil Kumar A

The purpose of the study was to find out the effect of pranayama practices and asanas practices on psychological variables such as anxiety and stress among obese college women. To achieve this purpose thirty obese women were selected as subjects randomly from Idhaya engineering college for women, salem, Tamilnadu. The selected subjects were divided into three equal groups of ten subjects each, namely pranayama practice group , asana practices group and control group. Experimental groups were trained for three alternative days in a week for six weeks with their specific training. Psychological Variables such as Anxiety and Stress were selected as criterion variables and they were tested prior to and immediately after the 6 weeks of yogic programmes by using Stress Inventory Scale and State and Trait Anxiety Scale (Questionnaire method) respectively. The ANCOVA was applied to find out the significant difference in each criterion variables, if any, among the groups. Since, three groups were compared, whenever the obtained ‘F’ ratio for the adjusted post test means was found to be significant, the Scheffe’s post hoc test was applied to determine the paired mean differences, if any, was used. The results of the study revealed that there was a significant improvement on selected psychological variables due to pranayama practices and asanas practices groups as compared to control group.

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