The purpose of the research was to analyze the impact of Nirvana Fitness™ group exercise on breath holding before and after exercise. We were also interested in the impact of sport/physical activity and health/stress on an individual's breath holding. The research included 40 females of ages from 19 to 63. The research was performed in the beginning of May 2016. It was carried out during a one-hour Nirvana Fitness™ exercise. The subjects performed The Control Pause Breathing Test of professor Buteyko (Vasilijeva and Nias, 2003) at the beginning and at the end of the exercise. We included a questionnaire to gather socio-demographic information, a general health questionnaire (General Health Questionnaire (Goldberg, 1972)) and a stress assessment scale questionnaire.
The results showed positive effects of Nirvana Fitness™ exercise, since after the group exercise, all subjects are capable of holding their breath longer than before. With the interpretation of this concept this supposedly means a higher tolerance. The frequency of engaging in sport activities also has an important impact on the breath holding as the exercise has more impact on subjects who exercise less. Apart from the training status of subjects, we also researched the impact of stress and health on their breath-holding capability and with the results of the survey we concluded that there are no statistically typical differences in breath-holding capabilities between the healthier and less healthy subjects.