Yoga practices ameliorate blood pressure levels in high-risk urban women for diabetes: a pilot study


Dr Navneet Kaur,
TGT-Physical Education, Govt. Model Sanskriti Senior Secondary School Morni Hills , Panchkula , Haryana, India.

Dr Rakesh Malik, Director Physical Education and Sports,
Dr. Harisingh Gour University, Central University in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Dr Neeru Malik (Corresponding author), Associate Professor,
Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36-B, Chandigarh, India.


The purpose of this study to explore the impact of yoga practices on blood pressure levels in high risk women with diabetes. Total 10 high risk women for diabetes was recruited in the study from urban area of Chandigarh and underwent for Diabetic Yoga Protocol (DYP) training for 3 months. The average of the participants is 41 years. The high risk individuals were identified on the basis of Indian Diabetes risk score. The pre-post single group experimental research design was used in the pilot study. The changes in systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) were assessed at baseline and after 3 months after DYP intervention. The result of the present study revealed that after 3 months of DYP intervention the statistically significant improvements were noticed on SBP levels (p=0.009) whereas the improvements on DBP levels were also seen after DYP practice. The result of the present pilot study highlights the potential role of DYP on managing elevated blood pressure.