The Feasibility & Efficacy of a Yoga Intervention on Motor & Non-Motor Function in Parkinson's Disease: A Randomized, Controlled Pilot Study

Project: Research project

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Specific aim I: To gather preliminary data on whether a 12-week, biweekly tailored course of Iyengar yoga is effective in improving mobility in patients with PD as measured by the change in total performance time on the “Timed Up & Go” test (TUG) from baseline to 12 weeks. We hypothesize that because of the unique elements of yoga (discussed in the addendum), particularly the focus on balance, strength, and flexibility, this intervention will result in detectable improvement in total TUG performance time. Specific aim II: To explore whether a 12-week, biweekly tailored course of Iyengar yoga is safe and feasible in a population of patients with PD. Based on data from other physical interventions with PD and some limited data on yoga in PD, we hypothesize that a yoga intervention will not significantly contribute to any adverse events compared to a control group. Similarly, we expect that attendance and participation in the yoga intervention will be consistent with participation in other group interventions in this population with at least 70% of participants attending at least 75% of the classes.
Effective start/end date1/1/148/31/15


  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Exhibit B.10)


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