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Clinical Trials Update
July 23/30, 2019

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression Associated With Parkinson Disease

JAMA. 2019;322(4):296. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.10369

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.