Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2017)
Effect of Trataka on blood pressure of college level female students
Author(s): Champak Bhadra, Dr. Kallol Chatterjee
Abstract: Trataka is yogic visual concentration technique and also another method of meditation which involves alternately gazing at an object or point without blinking eye’s, then closing the eyes and visualizing the object in the mind’s eye. The present study was done to know the effect of Trataka on blood pressure changing following short term Trataka practice. Systolic & diastolic blood pressure were assessed in five college level female students from Dept. of Physical Education, Vinaya-Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, Bolpur, West Bengal, India, with ages ranging from 18 to 22 years. There was total 15 minutes Trataka programmed given, before and after yogic visual concentration (Trataka) Systolic & diastolic blood pressure measured by BP test (Sphygmomanometer) and ‘t’- ratio were performed to compare the changes of Systolic & diastolic blood pressure between pre and post test. The results were compared and analyzed and it was observed that systolic blood pressure was reduced & significantly differences (‘t’= 4.781) and diastolic blood pressure was reduced but no significance differences (‘t’= 0.323). The practice of short term Trataka leads to significantly reduced systolic blood pressure and no significantly reduced diastolic blood pressure.