Iyengar yoga may improve malalignment of the lower extremities during walking and improves emotional wellbeing in adolescents with obesity

In July 2018 researchers from the USA published the results of their study to assess the benefits of yoga on gait, quality of life, physical activity and pain in adolescents with obesity.  Nine adolescents (aged 11-17 years) took part in an 8-week Iyengar yoga course (1-hour bi-weekly classes). Gait, quality of life and physical activity were assessed both at the start and end of the yoga course.  Results showed that there was a significant improvement in several gait parameters, including hip, knee, and ankle motion.  Emotional wellbeing also significantly improved. Time spent in physical activity and weight did not change.

Hainsworth KR et al. A Pilot Study of Iyengar Yoga for Pediatric Obesity: Effects on Gait and Emotional Functioning. Children (Basel). 2018 Jul 4;5(7).

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