The effects of a twelve-week yoga intervention on cardio-metabolic risk factors and adipocytokines

the effects of a twelve-week yoga intervention on cardio-metabolic risk factors and adipocytokines

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Oct 21, 2016
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27754148

We have been sharing quite a few twelve-week yoga intervention studies with you over the past month or so...here is another one!

In this study, the effects of a twelve-week yoga intervention on cardio-metabolic risk factors and adipocytokines (cell-signalling proteins secreted by fatty tissue - you may have heard of leptin, for example, which is an adipocytokine) in people who are clinically diagnosed as being overweight and with pre-hypertension.

44 people underwent a pre-tested yoga-based lifestyle intervention including asana, pranayama, relaxation techniques, lectures, group support, nutrition awareness program and individualised advice under supervision for approximately 2 hrs each day for 2 weeks followed by continuation of the practices at home for the next 10 weeks. After intervention, there was significant reduction in weight, total cholesterol, and triglycerides from baseline to week 12. Likewise, there was significant reduction in leptin from baseline to week 12. These are very exciting findings everyone! :)

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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