Title

Effects Of Ashtanga Yoga On Adolescent Flexibility

Author(s)

Cherilyn Heintz

School Name

Chapin High School

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Physiology and Health

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

According to the British Broadcasting Channel, over 30 million people regularly practice yoga worldwide. The Yoga Journal states many yoga poses promote flexibility, prompting the question will practicing Ashtanga yoga for 30 minutes for two days, consecutively, increase flexibility in adolescent participants? In this observational study, participants were asked to volunteer to commit to the yoga sessions and measurements. A consent form was handed out and collected from the participants. The study had three trials with four days for each trial. All of these following actions took place during the first half hour of a one hour lunch/enrichment period. Monday pre-flexibility measurements were taken using the sit and reach device. Tuesday and Wednesday a half hour yoga class focusing on the Ashtanga method. A certified yoga teacher led the yoga sessions. Thursday the post-flexibility measurements were taken. This process was repeated over 3 different weeks. A matched pairs t test was performed on the data to determine the significance and form a solid conclusion. The mean of the first trial was 40.01 centimeters and the p value was 1.00 which doesn’t show significance. The mean of the second trial differed by 1.90 centimeters with a p-value of 0.215 this also doesn’t show significance. The mean of the third trial differed by 1.90 centimeters with a p-value of .058 which shows significance at the 90% confidence level. The four students did increase their flexibility with the two days of Ashtanga yoga.

Location

Owens G01

Start Date

4-16-2016 10:00 AM

COinS
 
Apr 16th, 10:00 AM

Effects Of Ashtanga Yoga On Adolescent Flexibility

Owens G01

According to the British Broadcasting Channel, over 30 million people regularly practice yoga worldwide. The Yoga Journal states many yoga poses promote flexibility, prompting the question will practicing Ashtanga yoga for 30 minutes for two days, consecutively, increase flexibility in adolescent participants? In this observational study, participants were asked to volunteer to commit to the yoga sessions and measurements. A consent form was handed out and collected from the participants. The study had three trials with four days for each trial. All of these following actions took place during the first half hour of a one hour lunch/enrichment period. Monday pre-flexibility measurements were taken using the sit and reach device. Tuesday and Wednesday a half hour yoga class focusing on the Ashtanga method. A certified yoga teacher led the yoga sessions. Thursday the post-flexibility measurements were taken. This process was repeated over 3 different weeks. A matched pairs t test was performed on the data to determine the significance and form a solid conclusion. The mean of the first trial was 40.01 centimeters and the p value was 1.00 which doesn’t show significance. The mean of the second trial differed by 1.90 centimeters with a p-value of 0.215 this also doesn’t show significance. The mean of the third trial differed by 1.90 centimeters with a p-value of .058 which shows significance at the 90% confidence level. The four students did increase their flexibility with the two days of Ashtanga yoga.