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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2010 Nov;16(4):235-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.05.014. Epub 2010 Jun 29.

Tai chi/yoga effects on anxiety, heartrate, EEG and math computations.

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Touch Research Institutes, University of Miami School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Miami, FL 33101, USA. tfield@med.miami.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the immediate effects of a combined form of Tai chi/yoga.

DESIGN:

38 adults participated in a 20-min Tai chi/yoga class. The session was comprised of standing Tai chi movements, balancing poses and a short Tai chi form and 10 min of standing, sitting and lying down yoga poses.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The pre- and post- Tai chi/yoga effects were assessed using the State Anxiety Inventory (STAI), EKG, EEG and math computations.

RESULTS:

Heartrate increased during the session, as would be expected for this moderate-intensity exercise. Changes from pre to post-session assessments suggested increased relaxation including decreased anxiety and a trend for increased EEG theta activity.

CONCLUSIONS:

The increased relaxation may have contributed to the increased speed and accuracy noted on math computations following the Tai chi/yoga class.

PMID:
20920810
PMCID:
PMC2950830
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.05.014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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