Journal of Physiology and Behavior


  • We compared adiponectin and leptin data from novice and expert yoga practitioners.
  • Leptin plays a proinflammatory role, adiponectin has anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • Leptin was 36% higher among novices compared to experts. 
  • Experts' average adiponectin to leptin ratio was nearly twice that of novices. 
  • Intensive yoga practice may benefit health by altering leptin and adiponectin production.



Kiecolt-Glaser, J. K., Christian, L. M., Andridge, R., Hwang, B. S., Malarkey, W. B., Belury, M. A. & Glaser, R. (2012). Adiponectin, leptin, and yoga practice. Physiology & behavior, 107(5), 809-813.