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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 61-65
Effects of yoga practice on acumeridian energies: Variance reduction implies benefits for regulation


1 Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusamdana Samsthana (S-VYASA), Bangalore, India
2 Professor of Yoga and Physical Science, Bangalore, India
3 Vice-Chancellor, S-VYASA, 19 Gavipuram Circle, Bangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
Alex Hankey
S-VYASA, Eknath Bhavan, 19 Gavipuram Circle, KG Nagar, Bengaluru 19
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0973-6131.105948

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Background and Objective: This paper concerns mechanisms responsible for the efficacy of yoga medicine, traditionally attributed to the enlivenment of prana. Our strategy was to investigate levels of Qi in acupuncture meridians, since Qi is usually considered equivalent to prana. Materials and Methods: Electrodermal measurements at acumeridian endpoints (Tsing points) were made on 32 healthy individuals, pre and post 3 weeks yoga lifestyle program using AcuGraph 3 (an instrument in wide use). A previous study found that inherent errors prevent AcuGraph from precisely evaluating Qi energies in single meridians, so group results are reported: (a) Energy levels, (b) energy stability, and (c) energy balance between (i) Yin/Yang meridians, (ii) upper and lower, and (iii) left and right regions of the body. Results: Significant improvements were observed in all but energy stability, supporting the ideas that yoga enlivens prana, and that balance in meridians constitutes health. For balance variables, the study observed shifts toward normal at both ends of variable distributions, reducing standard deviations: post-intervention percentages of subjects with values in the 'healthy' range increased. Conclusion: Yoga improved regulation of Qi levels in acumeridian meridians as well as increasing them.


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