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Dr. Stacy D. Hunter 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 yoga practitioner since 2008, she has now published several pioneering studies on the impact of yoga on vascular endothelial function, arterial stiffness, and glucose tolerance and presented her findings at teacher trainings, yoga studios and symposia in the U.S. and abroad. She is also currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University where she continues her investigation into the acute and chronic effects of yoga on vascular health and other coronary heart disease risk factors in healthy and clinical subpopulations.

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. 13(12): 1360-1363, 2016.

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. 21(1): 30-34, 2017.

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.