Heat Rises, Blood Pressure Drops in New Hot Yoga Study

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

To lower blood pressure, turn up the heat and do some Downward Dogs. HotYoga

That's the take-away message from a new study looking at the medical benefits of yoga in patients with stage 1 hypertension. Early data show clinically relevant drops in blood pressure following three months of regular hot yoga practice.

Investigators at Texas State University (TSU) found that three months of thrice-weekly hot yoga practice resulted in significant and consistent drops in both systolic and diastolic pressure. Lead author Stacy Hunter presented preliminary findings from this ongoing study at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions in New Orleans.

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