PURE Action is committed to conducting and funding research studies which further our understanding of the impact of all forms of yoga on indices of physical and mental health. Our current funding priorities are cardiovascular disease and its associated risk factors, diabetes, anxiety, and depression. We employ both preventative and treatment based studies applying yoga as a therapeutic tool. Our vision is to see yoga used as therapy in the global healthcare system. Browse our research studies and blog posts, join us at an upcoming research symposium, and support even more yoga research with your generous donation today!

Stacy D. Hunter, PhD

Research Director, PURE

Research Director, PURE

Dr. Stacy Hunter received her Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2008 where she studied racial differences in anaerobic performance. In 2011, she received her Ph.D. in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Kinesiology and Health Education working in the Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory where the focus of her dissertation was on the effects of yoga on arterial stiffness and vascular endothelial function. She has published several studies on the effects of yoga on indices of vascular and metabolic health. As a pioneer in this widely unexplored field, she performed the first yoga studies of their kind and continues her efforts in bridging the gap between the anecdotal and empirical evidence of the health claims associated with hatha yoga as the research director for PURE Action.

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