AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON THE INFLUENCE OF YOGA BASED EXERCISES FOR ENHANCING THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF SECONDARY CLASS STUDENTS IN MATHEMATICS

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M. Maureen Gomez, Dr. A. Balu

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This research article focuses its attention on the influence of yoga based exercises on the academic
performance of secondary class students in mathematics. For this, the investigator adopted experimental method of research. The investigator formed two equated groups, i.e., one control group and another for experimental group. Each group comprises of 30 students among which 8 are low, 13 are average and 9 are high achievers. The control group students were taught using traditional method of teaching and the experimental group students are taught the same syllabus with additional training on yoga based exercises. The investigator used only five yoga based exercises namely Padmasana with deep breathing technique, Sarvangasana, Paschimottanasana, Padahastasana and Halasana. From measuring the academic performance in mathematics, the investigator prepared an achievement test conprises of 100 questions covering five mathematical skills namely, Reasoning Skill, Numerical Oral Skill, Trigonometry Skill, Analytical Skill and Geometrical Skill. Mean, Standard Deviation and ‘t’ test were used to analyze the data. The findings revealed that the experimental group students are found better in their academic performance in mathematics than their counterparts in control group

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