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Int J Yoga. 2012 Jul;5(2):112-7. doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.98223.

Effect of holistic yoga program on anxiety symptoms in adolescent girls with polycystic ovarian syndrome: A randomized control trial.

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Divison of Yoga and Life science, SVYASA University, Bengaluru, India.

Abstract

CONTEXT:

Yoga techniques practiced for varying durations have been shown to reduce state anxiety. This was never assessed in adolescents with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

AIMS:

To compare the effect of a holistic yoga program with the conventional exercise program on anxiety level in adolescents with PCOS.

SETTINGS AND DESIGN:

Ninety adolescent (15-18 years) girls from a residential college in Andhra Pradesh, who satisfied the Rotterdam criteria, were randomized into two groups.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Anxiety levels were assessed at inclusion and after 12 weeks of intervention wherein yoga group practiced a holistic yoga module while the control group practiced a matching set of physical exercises (1 h/day, for 12 weeks).

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED:

Mann-Whitney U test was used to compare difference scores (delta change) between the two groups

RESULTS:

Changes in state anxiety after the intervention were nonsignificantly different between the two groups (P=0.243), while changes after the intervention were significantly different between the two groups (P=0.002) for trait anxiety.

CONCLUSIONS:

Twelve weeks of a holistic yoga program in adolescents with PCOS is significantly better than physical exercise program in reducing anxiety symptoms.

KEYWORDS:

Anxiety; polycystic ovarian syndrome; yoga

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