New Study Finds This Type Of Yoga Is The Best For Your Health

by | Jan 23, 2018

When it comes to yoga enthusiasts, there are two distinct camps: the Bikram devotees who live to sweat it out, and those who look a little like this as soon as the temp starts to soar:

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But aside from the satisfaction you get from wringing out your tank top once class is done, a new study by Texas State University suggests that adding heat to the workout doesn’t really have any benefit.

In fact, researchers say it’s the postures used in Bikram – such as the ‘half-moon pose’ and ‘cobra’ – that are responsible for promoting cardiovascular health, not the temperature in which they are performed.

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For the study, 52 people were split into three groups; the first doing yoga in 40 degrees, the second in 23 degrees and the third not doing any at all. 

After 12 weeks, the researchers assessed the participants vascular health by measuring changes in endothelial function and the ability of blood vessels to dilate in response to increased blood flow. Both yoga groups showed positive changes that decreased their risk of heart disease, while the control group didn’t see any difference.

“These results indicate that the set sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises may be the key ingredient in producing favourable changes in endothelial function with yoga,” explained lead author and Texas State University assistant professor, Stacy Hunter.

“It just doesn’t seem like the heat is necessary in terms of improving heart health.”

In short: traditional yoga will give you the exact same results as Bikram yoga, sans the soggy active-wear.

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As Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston explained, the trial has been introduced with the aim to help women overcome the financial barriers that might deter them from leaving a violent relationship. “We know that financial hardship as well as economic abuse - which may involve interfering with work or controlling or withholding money - reduces women’s ability to acquire and use money and makes it difficult to leave violent relationships,” she said. 

“The payments will assist people who need financial support to leave. We know the size of the house a woman is fleeing doesn’t matter. Often she bundles the kids into the car, maybe the dog too and they leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.”

To be eligible for a payment, women must be facing financial stress and have some evidence of domestic violence such as a referral from a family and domestic violence service provider with a risk assessment and safety plan, or an AVO, court order or police report. As UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little said, “We believe that all people, especially women and their children, have the right to live freely and without fear, and this payment is an important step forward to ending violence against women and children.”

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

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