Bikram yoga ameliorates arterial stiffness in overweight and obese adults. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Impact of Hot Yoga on Arterial Stiffness and Quality of Life in Normal and Overweight/Obese Adults.
J Phys Act Health. 2016 Dec ;13(12):1360-1363. Epub 2016 Aug 24. PMID: 27633625
Stacy D Hunter
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.