Now, a rating for your asana
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It’s long been established that yoga benefits the body, mind and soul. But for those who want proof with numbers, here is a study and a method that evaluates the efficacy of yoga while also indicating if the asana has been performed correctly or not.
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“We wanted to check whether muscle activity can be detected and a well-known methodology to do so is by mounting a surface EMG (Surface Electromyography) to measure the muscle activity,” Omkar said. This will quantify how perfect the asana is in terms of stability and steadiness.
The sEMG signals will measure the electrical activity of muscle at rest and while performing the asana. To measure the electrical activity, one or many electrodes are placed on different parts of the skin above the muscles.
This study was done as part of the Department of Science and Technology’s (
Omkar further said that apart from helping the yoga practitioner to perfect his asanas it will also help in standardisation and provide more insights to the medical practitioner.
“There are two things which emerge from this research. One is a standard way of defining the posture. Two, you can classify the asanas in terms of muscle activity and intensity,” said Omkar.
When asked if they would be developing an
Sixty men and women between 21 and 60 participated in the study. The participants were first trained to perform a set of asanas like
The data was collected in the final 20 seconds of the pose when each participant was relaxed and breathing normally. Both experts and novices were tested using the method and sEMGs. The study has been published in the ‘International Journal of Yoga’.
This technology will help practitioners perform yoga in the right way to derive its maximum benefits. The STYAM programme of DST supported sixteen projects in the year 2018-19. These projects will explore the effects of yoga and meditation on diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, motor function, schizophrenia, cerebral palsy,
drug addiction and mild cognitive impairment.