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.