Power vinyasa teacher Kiersten Mooney and a team of researchers recently found yogis burned 100 percent more calories and used their muscles up to twice as much (40–50 percent more muscle firing) when they practiced faster Sun Salutations compared with slower ones. Learn more about their research in the video.
Learn About Our Research
Kiersten Mooney guides you through our pioneering peer-reviewed research, its results, and more!
Practice Our Research
Test it out for yourself in this invigorating practice we shared with Yoga Journal in February of 2017
When we talk about [yoga’s] physical impact on the body, we need intensity. Why do bootcamps for fitness and then come to yoga for recovery? We can also use yoga as an optimal means of fitness.”Kiersten Mooney
“We love our yin yoga and meditation,” says Mooney, co-founder of Green Monkey Yoga in Coral Gables, Florida. “But when we talk about the physical impact on the body, we need intensity. Why do we do bootcamp for fitness and come to yoga for recovery? We can also use yoga as an optimal means of fitness.”
Speed isn’t just for athletes. People with Parkinson’s disease, metabolic syndrome, and seniors with a risk of falling also had great results with high-speed yoga. Plus, Mooney says velocity is a timesaver, as you can get a cardio workout in 20 minutes! Remember to employ ujjayi breath and keep your drishti steady.
source: Yoga Journal
Our Research Studies
- Differences in energy expenditure during high-speed versus standard-speed yoga: A randomized sequence crossover trial
- Difference in muscle activation patterns during high-speed versus standard-speed yoga: A randomized sequence crossover study
- Comparative Impacts of Power Training and High-Speed Yoga on Motor Function in Older Patients with Parkinson Disease
- Comparative Impacts of Tai Chi, Balance Training, and a Specially-Designed Yoga Program on Balance in Older Fallers
- Core Muscle Function During Specific Yoga Poses
- Muscle Utilization Patterns Vary By Skill Levels Of The Practitioners Across Specific Yoga Poses (Asanas)
- Controlled Pilot Study of the Effects of Power Yoga in Parkinson’s Disease