We’re excited to announce our collaboration with the University of Miami on the effects of Vinyasa flow at 2 different movement speeds on balance, gait, nerve conduction velocity quality of life and other indicators of disease in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is a complication of diabetes occurring in over 30% of patients causing tingling and/or numbness in the arms, legs, hands and feet, compromised balance, gait and an increased risk of falls, especially in older patients.
Patients enrolled into the study will be randomly assigned to one of 3 groups: low-speed yoga; high-speed yoga or control. The low- and high-speed yoga groups will complete 3 classes weekly for 12 weeks transitioning between postures every 5 or 3 breaths, respectively. Previous comparison of these two yoga flow velocities revealed significantly higher caloric expenditure with high- versus low-speed asana transition styles, a finding recently highlighted in Yoga Journal article, “The Yoga Practice Makeover Proven to Shed Fat, Build Muscle.”
We believe in the therapeutic properties of the ancient practice of yoga in patients with a wide array of diseases and look forward to seeing the results from this highly anticipated, seminal investigation by the Dr. Joseph Signorile, PhD, Savanah Wooten and the investigative team at the University of Miami.