Cardiovascular responses to head-down-body-up postural exercise (Sarvangasana). Konar D, Latha R, Bhuvaneswaran JS.

Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2000 Oct;44(4):392-400

Department of Physiology, PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Peelamedu, Coimbatore-641 004.

Sarvangasana (SVGN) is a head-down-body-up postural exercise in a ‘negative g’ condition. Though highly recommended as one of the three best of all the asanas it has not yet been studied for its very obvious effects on the cardiovascular (CV) functions. This paper reports the results of the first systematic investigation on SVGN employing echocardiographic analysis in eight healthy male subjects before and after a practice of this asana twice daily for two weeks. The resting heart rate (HR) and left ventricular end-diastolic volume (LVEDV) were significantly reduced (P < 0.02, P < 0.01 respectively) after practising this asana. A tendency toward a mild regression of the left ventricular mass was noticed, though it was not statistically significant. The CV responses to acute 45 degrees head-down tilt (HDT) in a tilt table was not altered after practising this asana. Also there was no orthostatic intolerance during the 3-5 min period of 70 degrees head-up tilt (HUT). These results strongly indicate that further studies of this asana performed for a longer period is most likely to yield very significant observations of applied value.

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