Mindfulness yoga was more effective in relieving the psychological distress of Parkinson disease (PD) than conventional exercise, according to a trial in JAMA Neurology.
The 138 study participants who had mild to moderate PD were randomly assigned to 8 weekly group sessions of 90-minute mindfulness yoga or 60-minute stretching and resistance exercise (SRTE).
The yoga group had greater improvement in psychospiritual outcomes, including anxiety and depression, perceived hardship, perceived equanimity, and health-related quality of life than did the SRTE group at 8 weeks and 20 weeks. The improvements in the yoga group were moderate to large. Both groups showed similar significant improvement in motor symptoms and mobility.
Slomski A. Yoga for Anxiety and Depression Associated With Parkinson Disease. JAMA. 2019;322(4):296. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.10369
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