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Dr. Stacy D. Hunter is the research director for Pure Action, Inc., a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing the ancient benefits of yoga to mainstream medicine through research, education and community outreach. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied the effects of yoga on vascular function in the Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory. A Bikram yoga practitioner since 2008, she has now published several studies on the impact of yoga on cardiovascular health and glucose tolerance and has presented her findings in the U.S. and abroad. She is an affiliate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she continues her work performing studies on the effects of yoga on vascular health and cardiovascular disease risk and she is also a lecturer in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University.

Selected Publications

Hunter SD, Dhindsa MS, Cunningham E, Tarumi T, Alkatan M, Nualnim N, Tanaka H. Impact of Hot Yoga on Arterial Stiffness and Quality of Life in Overweight and Obese Adults. JPAH. In Press

Hunter SD, Dhindsa MS, Cunningham E, Tarumi T, Alkatan M, Nualnim N, Elmenshawy A, Tanaka H. The Effect of Bikram Yoga on Endothelial Function in Young and Middle-Aged and Older Adults. J Bodyw Mov Ther. In Press

Hunter SD, Tarumi T, Dhindsa MS,  Nualnim N, Tanaka H. Hatha Yoga and Vascular Function: Results from Cross-Sectional and Interventional Studies. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 17(3): 322-7, 2013.

Hunter SD, Dhindsa MS, Cunningham E, Tarumi T, Alkatan M, Tanaka H. Improvements in Glucose Tolerance with Bikram Yoga in Older, Obese Adults: A Pilot Study. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 17(4): 404-7, 2013.

Hunter SD, Dhindsa MS, Cunningham E, Tarumi T, Alkatan M, Nualnim N, Tanaka H. The Effect of Bikram Yoga on Arterial Stiffness in Young and Older Adults. J Altern Complement Med. 19(12): 930-4, 2013.

Hunter SD. Yoga and Arterial Stiffness: A New Perspective on Flexibility. J Yoga Phys Ther. 3:143, 2013.

Miles SC, Chun-Chung C, Lin HF, Hunter SD, Dhindsa MS, Nualnim N, Tanaka H. Arterial Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Responses to Yoga Practice. Altern Ther Health Med. 19(1): 38-45, 2013.