Acute hemodynamic responses to yoga exercise

dc.contributor.advisorTanaka, Hirofumi, Ph. D.en
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFarrar, Roger P.en
dc.creatorMiles, Steven Charles, 1980-en
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-22T22:08:04Zen
dc.date.available2010-12-22T22:08:04Zen
dc.date.available2010-12-22T22:08:09Zen
dc.date.issued2010-08en
dc.date.submittedAugust 2010en
dc.date.updated2010-12-22T22:08:09Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThe primary purpose of the present study was to determine the acute hemodynamic responses to twenty-three select yoga postures in advanced and novice yoga practitioners. Additionally, we sought to determine if trunk flexibility is related to arterial stiffness. Using a cross-sectional study design, 37 apparently healthy adults (26 females and 11 males; 22-71 years old) were divided into two groups according to level of yoga experience. Beat-to-beat measures of blood pressure, stroke volume, cardiac work-load, cardiac output, and total peripheral resistance were measured using a finger plethysmograph during the yoga routine. Baseline measures of trunk flexibility (sit-and-reach scores and inclinometer measurements) and arterial stiffness (carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity) were also compared. Yoga postures elicited significant increases in heart rate, blood pressure and cardiac output (P<0.05) for both groups. There was no difference in blood pressure responses between the two groups throughout the yoga testing session. Lumbar flexion, as measured by an inclinometer, was significantly (P<0.01) and inversely associated with cfPWV (r=-0.52).en
dc.description.departmentKinesiology and Health Educationen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2010-08-1926en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectYogaen
dc.subjectExerciseen
dc.subjectBlood pressureen
dc.subjectTrunk flexibilityen
dc.subjectArterial stiffnessen
dc.titleAcute hemodynamic responses to yoga exerciseen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentKinesiology and Health Educationen
thesis.degree.disciplineKinesiologyen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
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