Effects of Bikram Yoga on Body Composition, Blood Pressure, and Sleep Patterns in Adult Practitioners

  title={Effects of Bikram Yoga on Body Composition, Blood Pressure, and Sleep Patterns in Adult Practitioners},
  author={Charleston F. Marger and Lori K. Hicklin and Dena P. Garner},
  journal={Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences},
Studies have demonstrated positive results for people who practice traditional yoga, specifically in body mass index, depression, cancer, sleeping patterns, and diabetes. Most forms of traditional yoga are held in a temperate climate between 293 Kelvin (K) to 295 K; a temperature that is calming and places little stress on the body. Bikram yoga, however, is a more intense form of yoga performed in a hotter climate, typically at 314 K with 40% humidity. The purpose of this study was to determine… 
3 Citations

Figures and Tables from this paper

Acute Cardiovascular Responses to a Session of Bikram Yoga: A Pilot Uncontrolled Trial.
DBP during the practice of Bikram yoga was significantly different from that reported for nonheated Hatha yoga for normotensive subjects and further studies are needed to better characterize the magnitude of the changes in HR, SBP, DBP, and MOC.
A Survey of Physical, Physiological and Psychological Profile of Judo Players
Sports performance is a diversified field of study where many factors contribute. The factors of an advance level athlete of any sports need to be identified as they are responsible for the


The effect of Bikram yoga on arterial stiffness in young and older adults.
A relatively short-term Bikram yoga intervention improved arterial stiffness in young but not older adults and significantly reduced insulin resistance index in older but not young adults.
Frequency of Yoga Practice Predicts Health: Results of a National Survey of Yoga Practitioners
Home practice of yoga predicted health better than years of practice or class frequency and each component of yoga practice predicted at least 1 health outcome.
Bikram Yoga Training and Physical Fitness in Healthy Young Adults
This short-term Bikram yoga training protocol produced beneficial changes in musculoskeletal fitness that were specific to the training stimulus.
Yoga Training Improves Metabolic Parameters in Obese Boys
  • D. Seo, Sungryul Lee, Jin Han
  • Medicine
    The Korean journal of physiology & pharmacology : official journal of the Korean Physiological Society and the Korean Society of Pharmacology
  • 2012
Findings show that an 8-week of yoga training improves body composition and TC levels in obese adolescent boys, suggesting that yoga training may be effective in controlling some metabolic syndrome factors in obesity adolescent boys.
Effects of an 8-month yoga intervention on arterial compliance and muscle strength in premenopausal women.
Eight months of Ashtanga Yoga training was beneficial for improving leg press strength, but not arterial compliance in premenopausal women.
A regular yoga intervention for staff nurse sleep quality and work stress: a randomised controlled trial.
Regular yoga can improve sleep quality and reduce work stress in staff nurses, and this study provides evidence that hospital management should pay attention to nurseSleep quality and work stress, thereby taking corresponding measures to reduce work pressure and improve health outcomes.
Stress, Inflammation, and Yoga Practice
If yoga dampens or limits stress-related changes, then regular practice could have substantial health benefits, and no overall differences in inflammatory or endocrine responses were unique to the yoga session.
Yoga for improving sleep quality and quality of life for older adults.
Yoga was shown to be safe and improved sleep and QoL in a group of older adults with insomnia and the applicability of yoga practice for older people in a Western cultural setting was established.
Effects of yoga intervention on sleep and quality-of-life in elderly: A randomized controlled trial
Yoga intervention appears to improve the quality-of-life and sleep quality of elderly living in old age homes and there is a need for further studies overcoming the limitations in this study to confirm the benefits of yoga for elderly in QOL andSleep quality.