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J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2017 Jan;21(1):30-34. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2016.06.004. Epub 2016 Jun 17.

The effect of Bikram yoga on endothelial function in young and middle-aged and older adults.

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1
Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA; Pure Action, Inc., Austin, TX 78703, USA. Electronic address: stacy.d.hunter@gmail.com.
2
Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA.

Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to determine if Bikram yoga, a style of heated hatha yoga, would improve endothelial function in young and middle-aged and older, healthy adults. This trial was performed in 36 young (n = 17) and middle-aged and older adults (n = 19) who completed 3 weekly Bikram yoga classes for 8 weeks. Height, body weight and body composition were determined and endothelial function was measured noninvasively using brachial artery flow-mediated dilation (FMD) before and after the intervention. No changes in body weight, BMI or body fat percentage occurred as a result of the intervention in either group. Brachial artery FMD was significantly increased in middle-aged and older (P < 0.05) but not in young adults as a result of the intervention. The results demonstrate that a relatively short-term Bikram yoga practice might significantly improve vascular endothelial function in middle-aged and older adults. While apparently healthy individuals in this study experienced no adverse events, those with preexisting conditions should take caution and consult with a physician prior to engaging in this style of yoga.

KEYWORDS:

Aging; Endothelial function; Yoga

PMID:
28167186
DOI:
10.1016/j.jbmt.2016.06.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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