REPs UK PTIA REPS NZ

Yoga Practice May Help People With Hypertension

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Sep 19, 2013

Mind-Body-Spirit News

In more news regarding nonpharmaceutical ways to reduce hypertension, preliminary evidence shows a significant reduction in high blood pressure with consistent yoga practice, according to early study findings presented at the Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Hypertension in May 2013 in San Francisco.

The 24-week study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, found that people who practiced yoga two to three times per week saw their blood pressure fall significantly: an average of three points for both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, from 133/80 to 130/77. In participants who only followed a controlled diet--and did not practice yoga--BP decreased less notably, from 134/83 to 132/82. The study is ongoing and will expand to more than twice the number of current subjects.

Last month, in this column, we reported that yoga was not among the alternative and complementary therapies recommended for hypertension in the American Heart Association scientific statement on this topic.

Regarding the AHA statement, lead researcher Debbie Cohen, MD, associate professor of medicine, director of clinical hypertension programs, and co-director of Penn Neuroendocrine Tumor Program at the University of Pennsylvania, told IDEA Fitness Journal, “[Our study] is consistent with current published studies, as to date there are only eight randomized controlled trials, and most of these studies have methodological issues. Therefore, based on prior studies, yoga cannot be recommended as a treatment for hypertension. We are hoping to change this by conducting a rigorous study assessing the effects of yoga on hypertension, using gold-standard methodology to measure BP (ambulatory BP monitoring) with a large number of participants regularly practicing yoga two to three times per week.”

For more information, go to the American Society of Hypertension website at www.ash-us.org.

IDEA Fitness Journal, Volume 10, Issue 10

© 2013 by IDEA Health & Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.

About the Author

Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA’s mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author base...

0 Comments

Trending Articles

How to Teach HIIT to Everyone

High-intensity interval training has been riding a wave of popularity, and it seems everyone wants to give it a try. However, intense interval training is nothing new. Group fitness instructors have b...

Mindful Walking

Walking can be more than just moving physically from one location to another. It can be a metaphor for your larger life journey. Things you&...

20 IDEA World-Renowned Presenters Share Advice on Success and Happiness

We asked some of this year’s most influential and motivating IDEA World Fitness Convention™ presenters to share the single piece of advice they would give another fitness/health pro to hel...

Yes, You CAN Develop Better Eating Habits

Analogous to laying out your exercise gear so it’s the first visual reminder you have of your commitment to exercise each day, imagine...

Smooth Move: Creative Additions to Consider for Smoothies

When looking for a quick breakfast or post-workout nourishment, almost nothing beats a smoothie. Whirl in the right ingredients and the blen...

Nuts and Peanuts Reduce Cardiovascular Risk and Prolong Lifespan

While there have been numerous studies in recent years touting the health benefits of nuts and peanuts, new research published online March ...

Cut Risk of Alzheimer’s with MIND Diet

Conservative adherence to a new diet, appropriately known by the acronym MIND, could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a paper published o...

7 Ways to Help a Client Boost Adherence

Once a client has decided to make nutritional changes to support weight loss, you can play a key role in developing an action plan that is m...

Low Intensity vs. High Intensity: Which Is Best for Obese Adults?

The debate continues regarding the most effective exercise measures for reducing abdominal obesity and improving glucose measures.

Recipe for Health: Picadillo-Stuffed Peppers

If you don’t believe that authentic Mexican cookery is “whole” and healthy, you need to take a deep dive into Mexico: The Cookbook (Phaidon 2014), the first truly comprehensive bible...

Show More