Journal Article

A 12-Week Iyengar Yoga Program Improved Balance and Mobility in Older Community-Dwelling People: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

Anne Tiedemann, Sandra O’Rourke, Romina Sesto and Catherine Sherrington

in The Journals of Gerontology: Series A

Volume 68, issue 9, pages 1068-1075
Published in print September 2013 | ISSN: 1079-5006
Published online July 2013 | e-ISSN: 1758-535X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glt087
A 12-Week Iyengar Yoga Program Improved Balance  and Mobility in Older Community-Dwelling People: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

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Background.

Exercise that challenges balance can improve mobility and prevent falls in older adults. Yoga as a physical activity option for older adults is not well studied. This trial evaluated the feasibility and effect of a 12-week Iyengar yoga program on balance and mobility in older people.

Methods.

We conducted a blinded, pilot randomized controlled trial with intention-to-treat analysis. Participants were 54 community dwellers (mean age 68 years, SD 7.1) not currently participating in yoga or tai chi. The intervention group (n = 27) participated in a 12-week, twice-weekly yoga...

Keywords: Yoga; Aged; Balance; Accidental falls; Mobility.

Journal Article.  4944 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Geriatric Medicine ; Public Health ; Biological Sciences ; Molecular and Cell Biology ; Neuroscience

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