Improvements in glucose tolerance with Bikram yoga in older obese adults: A pilot study

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

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Abstract

Bikram yoga is an exotic form of physical activity combining hatha yoga and thermal therapy that could positively impact metabolic health. Although this increasingly popular alternative exercise may be ideal for obese adults due to its low impact nature, few studies have elucidated the health benefits associated with it. As an initial step, we determined the effect of Bikram yoga on glucose tolerance. Fourteen young lean and 15 older obese subjects completed an 8-week Bikram yoga intervention in which classes were completed 3 times per week. Glucose tolerance was assessed using a 75g oral glucose tolerance test. The area under the glucose curve following the oral glucose tolerance test was significantly reduced as a result of the Bikram Yoga intervention in older obese (P<0.05) but not in young lean subjects. We concluded that a short-term Bikram yoga intervention improved glucose tolerance in older obese, but not in young lean adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)404-407
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013

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Keywords

  • Alternative therapy
  • Complementary therapy
  • Metabolism
  • Yoga

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Improvements in glucose tolerance with Bikram yoga in older obese adults : A pilot study. / Hunter, Stacy D.; Dhindsa, Mandeep; Cunningham, Emily; Tarumi, Takashi; Alkatan, Mohammed; Tanaka, Hirofumi.

In: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Vol. 17, No. 4, 01.10.2013, p. 404-407.

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Hunter, SD, Dhindsa, M, Cunningham, E, Tarumi, T, Alkatan, M & Tanaka, H 2013, 'Improvements in glucose tolerance with Bikram yoga in older obese adults: A pilot study', Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 404-407. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.01.002
Hunter, Stacy D. ; Dhindsa, Mandeep ; Cunningham, Emily ; Tarumi, Takashi ; Alkatan, Mohammed ; Tanaka, Hirofumi. / Improvements in glucose tolerance with Bikram yoga in older obese adults : A pilot study. In: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 2013 ; Vol. 17, No. 4. pp. 404-407.
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