Yoga Science: Why Does Bikram Yoga Make You Feel Good?
Bikram Yoga NYC has been a vocal advocate of the medical benefits of yoga for years and in February 2014, we hosted a research symposium that looked at the relationship between science and yoga. We all know it makes you feel good, but what exactly does it do? What are some of the benefits of making Bikram Yoga a regular part of your life?
1) It works ALL of your muscles
2) It works ALL of your body systems
3) It works every organ, joint, tendon, ligament and bone
4) Keeps you constantly hydrating and that’s a good thing
The graph in the illustration above was taken from a research study at Colorado State University and released through Pure Action – Yoga is Medicine. While the data points of students metabolic rate, heart rate and core temperatures are interesting to know, Dr. Stacy Hunter, Research Director at Pure Action is also behind a number of research studies, including:
Hunter SD, Dhindsa M, Cunningham E, Tarumi T, Alkatan M, Nualnim N, Tanaka H. Improvements in glucose tolerance with Bikram yoga in older, obese adults: a pilot study. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 17(4): 404-407, 2013.
These studies provide conclusive proof that a regular yoga practice can provide real world medical benefits. Dr. Hunter, arguably the world’s leading authority on medical science as it relates to yoga, is hosting a research conference in Texas this summer dedicated to this topic. For more information click below.
Dr. Stacy Hunter received her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2008 where she studied racial differences in anaerobic performance. In 2011, she received her Ph.D. in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Education working in the Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory where the focus of her dissertation was on the effects of yoga on arterial stiffness and vascular endothelial function. She has published several studies on the effects of yoga on indices of vascular and metabolic health. As a pioneer in this widely unexplored field, she performed the first yoga studies of their kind and continues her efforts in bridging the gap between the anecdotal and empirical evidence of the health claims associated with hatha yoga as the research director for PURE Action.