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J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2013 Jul;17(3):322-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2012.10.009. Epub 2012 Dec 19.

Hatha yoga and vascular function: results from cross-sectional and interventional studies.

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Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin, TX 78712, USA. stacy.d.hunter@gmail.com

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the effect of hatha yoga on arterial elasticity and endothelial function. First, a cross-sectional study was performed to determine whether yoga practitioners would demonstrate greater arterial compliance and endothelium-dependent vasodilation than their sedentary peers. Second, an intervention study involving 13 sedentary middle-aged and older adults (51 ± 7 years) was performed to determine whether 12 weeks of hatha yoga would elicit increases in arterial compliance and endothelial function. In the cross-sectional study involving a total of 34 subjects, there were no group differences in body fatness, blood lipid and lipoprotein concentrations, carotid artery compliance or brachial artery flow-mediated dilation (FMD). Hemoglobin A1c was lower in yoga practitioners than in sedentary adults (P < 0.05). Total cholesterol and hemoglobin A1c decreased after the intervention (P < 0.05) while carotid artery compliance and brachial artery FMD did not change. The results of both cross-sectional and interventional studies indicate that regular practice of hatha yoga is not associated with improvements in vascular functions.

PMID:
23768276
DOI:
10.1016/j.jbmt.2012.10.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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