Pure Action – Yoga is Medicine
Pure Action is a 501.c3 non-profit bringing the ancient benefits of yoga to mainstream medicine through research, education, and community. They have funded several research projects on the heath benefits of Bikram Yoga, including:
- Improvements in glucose tolerance with Bikram yoga in older, obese adults: a pilot study
- Bikram yoga, arterial stiffness, and endothelial function: a pilot study
- Hatha yoga and vascular function: results from cross-sectional and interventional studies
- Arterial blood pressure and hemodynamic responses to yoga practice.
Another study, unlinked above, outlines the metabolic, cardiovascular and thermal responses to a single session of Bikram Yoga. While their original graphic is fantastic and packed with data points, it’s also designed as a 3 x 4 foot poster, making it difficult to read on the web.
We took their original graph and re-visualized it in a web friendly format to to show, scientifically, what happens to your oxygen intake (metabolic rate), your hear rate (cardiovascular rate) and core temperature during class. Want to know why the standing series is called the “warm up?” Take a look at where your core temperature peaks. Want to know why Camel pose is unlike any other? Take a look at what’s happening to your oxygen intake and heart rate. What to know why Triangle is called the master posture of the standing series, look at the chart’s metabolic peak rate!
For more information, visit their website at pureaction.org
About their research studies:
PURE Action is devoted to establishing the feasibility and the effectiveness of yoga therapy as an alternative medicine through continued research. As research is the basis for clinical practice, studies are needed that will enhance our knowledge of the benefits of yoga and afford this mode of physical activity recognition among health professionals and in the medical science arena. A concerted goal of this organization is to fund research studies on the effects of yoga on physical and mental health in various populations including under served communities.