Jul 25, 2008    Views: 3742

Relationship between yoga, anatomy, physiology, and biology

  

 My name is Randy and I'm a postdoc in the Skeletal Muscle Physiology Lab at UCSD.  I'm very interested in the anatomical and physiological aspect of yoga and even want to establish a research project on this.  I'll be trying to share data from the modern research efforts into understanding the physiological effects on the human body of the practices of yoga and meditation.  I'm interested in how yoga postures effect the biomechanics of joints and muscles.  The hypothesis is that movements that are specifically employed in yoga postures align joints in the most optimal configuration, allow for the most efficient contractile mechanics of the muscle groups involved, allow for the optimal blood perfusion rates to these muscle groups, and on top of that provides an exercise modality that strengthens the muscle possibly through eccentric contractions.  Anyone have ideas on how to test some of these things? Here's a reference to spark people's interest: 

The effects of yoga training and a single bout of yoga on delayed onset muscle soreness in the lower extremity.
Source: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research [1064-8011] Boyle, Colleen A yr:2004 vol:18 iss:4 pg:723 -9

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varsha said:

I have been doing yoga and Pranayama for a while now. There are a number of books out which tell you how different postures affect specific muscle groups. I find that Yoga postures are a fun way to feel and recognize your own muscles. This website has (http://www.healthandyoga.com/html/research_papers/ets/om.asp) has number of studies which may be useful to you. I am not sure those studies are well designed or controlled but they may be helpful in designing your study e.g heart rate, oxygen consumptions etc.
A Physical Therapist would also be able help you measure the effect of postures/breathing on muscle in question in humans.
I think you could rope in collaboration from one or two DTPs and a yoga studio in SD for participants.
Also look up the NIH Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) website for NIH supported Yoga studies. You may also be able to get some funding from them.
Sounds like a very interesting project.

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