University of Tennessee
This study is the first of its kind to measure the caloric expenditure and heart rate responses to prenatal yoga. Doree Gardner, a Master’s student and yoga enthusiast, is leading the data collection process at the University of Tennessee. Using two popular yoga DVD’s, “Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rea” and “Jennifer Wolfe’s Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga,” this study will establish whether prenatal yoga can be categorized as moderate intensity exercise.
Although yoga is a low-impact form of exercise that can easily be adapted for pregnant women, to date no study has ever attempted to measure the metabolic and heart rate responses to this practice in pregnant women. Given the current recommendation by the American College of Sports Medicine of moderate exercise during pregnancy, the results from this study will establish whether yoga can be included and even substituted for traditional exercise during pregnancy. In addition to the metabolic and heart rate responses, the feasibility of both prenatal yoga DVD’s will be measured via questionnaire.