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Researchers have found that taking hot yoga classes lowered the blood pressure of adults with elevated or stage 1 hypertension.
While there is evidence of regular, room-temperature yoga’s positive effect on blood pressure, little is known about hot yoga’s potential impact on blood pressure, said researchers who presented the study at Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions in the US.
“The results of our study start the conversation that hot yoga could be feasible and effective in terms of reducing blood pressure without medication,” said study author Stacy Hunter, Assistant Professor at Texas State University.
Hot yoga is a modern practice, typically offered in a hot, humid atmosphere, with room temperatures around 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
For the study, the research team recruited 10 men and women, between ages 20-65 years. Participants had either elevated blood pressure (systolic blood pressure between 120 mmHg to 129 mmHg and diastolic pressure less than 80 mmHg) or stage 1 hypertension (130 mmHg to 139 mmHg systolic and 80 mmHg to 89 mmHg diastolic pressure.)
The research team randomly assigned five participants to take 12 weeks of three times-weekly hour-long hot yoga classes and they assigned the other five to a control group of no yoga classes.
They compared the average blood pressures of the two groups after the 12 weeks.
The researchers looked at average 24-hour blood pressure readings, as well as perceived stress and vascular function of participants in both groups.
They found systolic blood pressure dropped from an average 126 mmHg at the study’s start to 121 mmHg after 12 weeks of hot yoga.
Average diastolic pressure also decreased from 82 mmHg to 79 mmHg in the hot yoga group.
According to the study, average blood pressure did not change among the five adults in the control group, those who did not take hot yoga classes.
Perceived stress levels fell among those in the hot yoga group but not in the non-yoga group, the research said. (IANS)
Yogatomics Training and Wellness Centre in Stonington, USA Uses Healing Sound to Bring Twist in Traditional Yoga Practices
- James Conlan produces percussion-based healing sounds called thermoacoustics
- Hot yoga is performed in a room heated to 90 degrees with 40 to 60% humidity
- They need to purge and cleanse and surrender a little bit
Mystic, Stonington, Connecticut, USA, August 19, 2017: James Conlan, the owner of Yogatomics Training and Wellness Center in Mystic village which is in the town called Stonington. It is revolutionizing the way people do traditional yoga. He specializes in therapeutic yoga which is done with the help of an anti-gravitational trapeze. He produces percussion-based, healing sounds that he calls ‘theracoustics’, which vibrate through the body during practice. It’s a whole new way of practicing it, literally turning oneself upside down and can prove to be more beneficial as well.
He is a percussionist and teaches classes with about 40 different instruments. According to The Westerly Sun report, Conlan said: “When people are on their mats practicing, I’m playing the singing bowl or the djembe or a shaker instrument or something that correlates with what’s happening in the classroom, and they can feel the vibration through their bodies in different yoga postures.” The djembe is a goblet-shaped drum.
Yogatomics Training and Wellness was opened by Conlan, 49, in 2015 in collaboration with Mystic Shala Yoga. The two studios have separate entrances, one is in the front and another one in the back of 80 Stonington Road in Mystic and the spaces connect with a 4,000-square-foot complex on the second floor that includes a large outdoor deck. Amy Zezulka, the owner of the shala, is also Conlan’s wife, and he helped her to design and build her yoga studio, where he also teaches.
The shala began in 2006, is an official Baptiste Studio following the tenets of the Baron Baptiste Power Vinyasa method (a type of hot yoga performed in a room heated to 90 degrees with 40 to 60% humidity).
“People feel cleaner, more detoxified after a hot, sweaty yoga class. It also challenges the mind more because you’re thinking, oh my god, I’m sweating, oh my god, it’s so hot in here — we’re really working on calming our minds in the practice,” he said.
Conlan has studied with Baron Baptiste (is a yoga instructor, has trained extensively in all the major traditions of yoga) for five years, it began in 2008. He probably has about over 1,000 hours directly with Baron Baptiste and has thousands and thousands of hours teaching. That’s not all; he also practices and teaches meditation.
He calls Yogatomics, which has an atomic-style logo design- the arts and sciences division of the shala, with om in the middle.
Conlan said, “I teach teacher training over here, we have meditation over here, hand-drumming, the yoga trapeze, massage therapy. It’s there to provide more service to our existing clients at Mystic Yoga Shala but also to introduce a whole new client base with the services that we offer like we have the cool temperature, more gentle classes, and the meditation aspect.” They provide a well-balanced space to their clients.
Conlan said he discovered his passion for yoga after bartending for 13 years at Mohegan Sun. He was one of the original employees in 1996. “I was there for so long but I was tired of the lifestyle, tired of being inside in that environment, I’m more of nature’s child,” he said. Before that, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an avionics technician. He said that yoga is an antidote to the fast pace of today’s technology.
Conlan said that in our age of information and digital world, it’s very important to maintain a barefoot practice because the pace of the world is moving so fast and a lot of people are being drawn to this practice because they can’t keep up with all the information their mind is trying to absorb. They need to purge and cleanse and surrender a little bit and that’s what this practice is all about.
All the people who want to learn yoga from him, his advice to them- “Just drop your fear and walk in the door for the first time, put out your hand and say hello.” It’s that easy to take the first step towards the healthier you. He said that fear is the most challenging part of any yoga practice. “Most people fear what they don’t understand and that fear is what keeps them from trying something new. The whole point of this practice is to shed that fear and the first step is to walk in the door and get on a yoga mat,” Conlan said.
– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08
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