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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 112-117
Effect of holistic yoga program on anxiety symptoms in adolescent girls with polycystic ovarian syndrome: A randomized control trial

1 Divison of Yoga and Life science, SVYASA University, Bengaluru, India
2 Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Rangadore Memorial Hospital, Bengaluru, India

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Source of Support: Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (C.C.R.Y.N.), Ministry of health, Government of India, New Delhi for funding this project, Conflict of Interest: It is declared that none of the authors involved in this study have any conflict of interest and that all authors of this article have contributed to their fullest capacities

DOI: 10.4103/0973-6131.98223

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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.

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