Impact of Hot Yoga on Arterial Stiffness and Quality of Life in Overweight/Obese Adults

Stacy D. Hunter, Mandeep S. Dhindsa, Emily Cunningham, Takashi Tarumi, Mohammed Alkatan, Nantinee Nualnim, Hirofumi Tanaka

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Abstract

Background: Obesity is associated with arterial stiffening and diminished quality of life. Bikram yoga may be a feasible alternative to traditional exercise among obese individuals. Accordingly, the purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of Bikram yoga, a heated style of hatha yoga, on arterial stiffness in normal and overweight/obese adults. Methods: Forty-Three (23 normal body mass index or BMI; 20 overweight/obese) apparently healthy participants completed an 8-week Bikram yoga intervention. Body composition was estimated via dual energy x-ray absorptiometry, arterial stiffness was measured via brachialankle pulse wave velocity, and health-related quality of life was assessed via RAND 36-Item Short Form survey at baseline and at the end of the 8-week intervention. Results: After the intervention, brachial-Ankle pulse wave velocity decreased (P < .05) in overweight/obese participants while no such changes were observed in normal BMI participants. In the quality of life measures, emotional well-being improved (P < .05) in both groups, and general health improved (P < .05) only in the normal weight BMI group. Conclusion: Bikram yoga ameliorates arterial stiffness in overweight/obese adults and can positively impact quality of life regardless of BMI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1360-1363
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Volume13
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Body composition
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Exercise physiology
  • Interventions
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Hunter, S. D., Dhindsa, M. S., Cunningham, E., Tarumi, T., Alkatan, M., Nualnim, N., & Tanaka, H. (2016). Impact of Hot Yoga on Arterial Stiffness and Quality of Life in Overweight/Obese Adults. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13(12), 1360-1363. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2016-0170