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Arterial blood pressure and cardiovascular responses to yoga practice.

Authors
  • Miles, Steven C
  • Chun-Chung, Chou
  • Hsin-Fu, Lin
  • Hunter, Stacy D
  • Dhindsa, Mandeep
  • Nualnim, Nantinee
  • Tanaka, Hirofumi
Type
Published Article
Journal
Alternative therapies in health and medicine
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2013
Volume
19
Issue
1
Pages
38–45
Identifiers
PMID: 23341425
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The research team concluded that a variety of hatha yoga postures, especially standing postures, evoked significant increases in blood pressure. The elevation in blood pressure due to yoga practice was associated with increases in cardiac output and heart rate, which are responses similar to those observed in isometric exercise. The lack of obvious differences in blood pressure and other cardiovascular responses between novice and advanced yoga practitioners suggests that long-term yoga practice does not attenuate acute yoga responses.

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