Svara (nostril dominance) and bilateral volar GSR. Mohan SM.

Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 1996 Jan;40(1):58-64

Institute for Yoga and Consciousness, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam.

The Svara yoga concept of Ida, Pingala and Susumna svara representing rest, active and turbulent states was examined in this study by recording nostril dominance (svara) and bilateral volar GSR (galvanic skin resistance) as an indicator of sympathetic activity under field and laboratory conditions. The sympathetic activity was low in Ida svara, followed by Pingala svara and was maximum in Susumna svara group of subjects under both field and laboratory conditions which agreed with the traditional Svara yoga description. The volar GSR on the right side more readily varied with svara, particularly so in the physically relaxed subjects of laboratory condition than the left volar GSR. The latter observation was worth noting because the subjects were right handed. The right side could be recommended as the standard site for recording volar GSR to closely reflect the sympathetic activity, particularly so when physical rest was given to subjects.

Categories: Nervous system