THIS STUDY analyzed data from 37 randomized studies, involving 2,768 adults (average age, 50) who either practiced yoga, exercised or did no exercise. Study lengths varied, but most lasted about three months.
In that time, people who practiced yoga showed greater improvement in key cardiovascular risk factors than those who did not exercise, including lower body mass index (BMI) ratings and more weight loss, better cholesterol numbers (lower LDL and higher HDL cholesterol readings), lower blood pressure and a reduced heart rate. When comparing yoga practitioners with exercisers, the benefits relating to cardiovascular risk factors were essentially equivalent. Continue reading >>