Effect of yogic asanas on physical and mental ability of sports girls
Dr. Manju Dua, Dr. Dolly
The aim of the present paper is to find out the effect of yogic asanas on physical and mental ability of sports girls. For achieving this aim twenty (20) sports girls were taken as subjects and given training programme of ten yogic asanas. Abdominal and shoulder strength, speed, endurance, agility and power were taken as components and AAPHERD physical fitness test battery was used for measuring physical ability. To measure mental ability, a group test of general mental ability by S. Jalota was used. The yoga training programme was scheduled for 12 weeks and t-test was applied to find out the difference between pre-test and post-test mean scores of sports girls on physical and mental ability. The results of the present paper depict that sports girls significantly improved their abdominal and shoulder strength, endurance, agility, power and mental ability after the training of yogic asanas, whereas no significant improvement was found in speed.