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Is yoga safe and effective in primary care?
A recent blog-post pointed out that the usefulness of yoga in primary care is doubtful. Now we have new data to shed some light on this issue. The new paper reports a 'prospective, longitudinal, quasi-experimental study'. Yoga group (n= 49) underwent 24-weeks program of one-hour yoga sessions. The control group had no yoga. Participation was voluntary and the enrolment strategy was based on invitations by health professionals and advertising in the community (e.g., local newspaper, health unit website and posters). Users willing to participate were invited to complete a registration form to verify eligibility criteria. The endpoints of the study were: quality of life, psychological distress, satisfaction level, adherence rate. The yoga routine consisted of breathing exercises, progressive articular and myofascial warming-up, followed by surya namascar (sun salutation sequence; adapted to the physical condition of each participant), alignment exercises, and postural awareness.