Proceedings of The Physiological Society

Europhysiology 2018 (London, UK) (2018) Proc Physiol Soc 41, PCA160

Poster Communications

Believe It or Not: Yoga and Yoga-Based Interventions

S. Jha1, R. K. Yadav1, H. B. Sharma1

1. Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, New Delhi, India.


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    *p-value≤0.05: Significant; **p-value≤0.01: Highly significant. Spearman's rank correlation coefficient given.

Background: Yoga has multiple facets which may include physiology, philosophy, psychology and spirituality. In today's world, there are lots of scientific literature available which show the widely acceptable role of yoga-based interventions in health and different diseases. Even though, many of us don't believe in yoga. Objective: To study the relationship between patient's belief in Yoga, and their satisfaction level with the yoga-based intervention. Methods: This study is a part of a larger study where yoga-based intervention was given to patients with glaucoma at a tertiary care hospital in Delhi. In this study, 41 glaucoma patients (16 females) of age 18-70 years were included and was conducted at Integral Health Clinic (IHC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Here, we used a self-designed feedback form, a part of ethically approved research project, which was filled by the participants at the end of 4 weeks of yoga-based intervention. The feedback included objective questions about their belief in Yoga, satisfaction level with the yoga-intervention, overall experience at IHC and willingness to revisit the IHC. Subjects rated their response on a score of 1 to 5 (Likert scale), where 1 being worst and 5 being best. Results: Thirty-seven subjects had significantly higher ‘believe in Yoga score'. Subjective satisfaction score was significantly high in 30 subjects. The ‘overall experience score' was significantly higher in 38 subjects. There was no association of the frequency of Yoga practice in past with that of their satisfaction or overall experience at our yoga-facility. Belief of all 37 subjects had no relationship with overall experience. There was positive correlation of satisfaction score with overall experience score (except among males) and likely-to-revisit score. Conclusions: Subjects with higher belief in yoga were more satisfied with the intervention. But, irrespective of their belief in yoga, the overall experience score was good and majority of them (40 subjects) were willing to revisit for yoga-intervention.

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