Yoga calms heart pace, cuts anxiety: study

Apr 03, 2011

People who suffer from irregular heartbeat could see their episodes cut in half if they do yoga regularly, according to a study released Saturday in the United States.

Doing yoga three times a week also reduced depression and anxiety while boosting people's opinion of their own social and mental well-being, said the research presented at a New Orleans cardiology conference.

"It appears yoga has a significant impact on helping to regulate patients' heart beat and improves their overall quality of life," said lead study author Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, associate professor of medicine at the University of Kansas Hospital.

The study followed 49 patients who suffer from , an condition that arises when the heart's natural electrical signals fire off in a disorganized way, causing the heart to quiver.

For the first three months of the trial, patients were allowed to engage in their usual exercise routine.

For the second three months, patients attended three yoga sessions per week with a certified instructor, and were encouraged to practice at home with an educational DVD.

All the patients in the study were new to yoga.

Researchers measured the subjects' episodes of irregular heartbeats using portable monitors and log books where the patients recorded their own symptoms.

The intervention "significantly reduced" episodes by about half on average, compared to the control portion of the study when patients did their own exercises, said the study.

Depression and anxiety scores on self-reported surveys were also lower; and physical function, general health, vitality, social functioning and mental health were higher.

Explore further: Head injuries could result in neurodegenerative disease in rugby union players

Related Stories

Yoga recommended in breast cancer cases

Jun 05, 2006

A University of Texas study says yoga, India's ancient system of exercise and meditation, helps improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients.

New study finds new connection between yoga and mood

Aug 19, 2010

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found that yoga may be superior to other forms of exercise in its positive effect on mood and anxiety. The findings, which currently appear on-line at Journal of ...

Yoga and elevated brain GABA levels

May 21, 2007

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and McLean Hospital have found that practicing yoga may elevate brain gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels, the brain's primary inhibitory neurotransmitter. The findings, ...

Recommended for you

Breastfeeding protects against environmental pollution

1 hour ago

Living in a city with a high level of vehicle traffic or close to a steel works means living with two intense sources of environmental pollution. However, a study conducted by the UPV/EHU researcher Aitana ...

When it comes to hearing, diet may trump noise exposure

1 hour ago

Although the old wives' tale about carrots being good for your eyesight has been debunked, University of Florida researchers have found a link between healthy eating and another of your five senses: hearing.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

nada
not rated yet Apr 04, 2011
Another waste of taxpayer money. Why did they need to "study" something that has been mainstream with "shrinks" for 50 years?

Claire Weeks, Hope and Help for your Nerves; 1969.

This kind of waste needs to be shut down.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.