TITLE

Physiological Characteristics of Long-Term Bikram Yoga Practitioners

AUTHOR(S)
Abel, Allison N.; Lloyd, Lisa K.; Williams, James S.; Miller, Brian K.
PUB. DATE
October 2012
SOURCE
Journal of Exercise Physiology Online;Oct2012, Vol. 15 Issue 5, p32
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The effects of yoga training on health and fitness are unclear despite widespread participation. The primary purpose of this cross-sectional study was to describe the resting heart rate, blood pressure, lung function and aerobic fitness characteristics of long-term Bikram yoga practitioners. A secondary purpose was to examine the relationship between previous Bikram yoga experience and these physiological measures. Thirty-one Bikram yoga practitioners were placed into 2 groups according to years of experience (low = <3 months and high = =1 yr). All subjects completed a battery of tests to measure resting blood pressure and heart rate, pulmonary flow rates and capacities, and aerobic fitness. Unpaired t-tests demonstrated no significant differences between the two groups in any of the measured variables. A significant but weak correlation was detected between Bikram yoga experience and both percentage of predicted forced vital capacity (r = 0.38, P<0.05) and forced expiratory volume in the first second (r = 0.37, P<0.05). These results suggest that this form of yoga training does not provide an adequate stimulus to alter resting hemodynamics, pulmonary function or aerobic fitness.
ACCESSION #
84517606

 

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