Yoga Beats Stretching in Study
Research news from the American Diabetes Association 73rd Scientific Sessions
June 21–25, 2013 | Chicago, Illinois
It's no stretch: When comparing a restorative yoga practice with stretching, the yoga practice wins in terms of health benefits. Researchers at the University of California–San Diego found that among underactive adults ages 21 to 65 who were classified as having metabolic syndrome (which can lead to type 2 diabetes and heart disease), a restorative yoga practice led to a significantly larger loss of weight and fat than traditional stretching. Restorative yoga is focused specifically on gentle movements and easing the mind. Researchers suggest that restorative yoga got better results because it focuses on relaxation—letting mind and body work together.