Yoga reduces symptoms of distress in tsunami survivors in the andaman islands

Author: Telles S, Naveen KV, Dash M
Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation (A Yoga University), Bangalore, India
Conference/Journal: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med.
Date published: 2007 Dec
Other: Volume ID: 4 , Issue ID: 4 , Pages: 503-9 , Word Count: 134

A month after the December 2004 tsunami the effect of a 1 week yoga program was evaluated on self rated fear, anxiety, sadness and disturbed sleep in 47 survivors in the Andaman Islands. Polygraph recordings of the heart rate, breath rate and skin resistance were also made. Among the 47 people, 31 were settlers from the mainland (i.e. India, ML group) and 16 were endogenous people (EP group). There was a significant decrease in self rated fear, anxiety, sadness and disturbed sleep in both groups, and in the heart and breath rate in the ML group, and in the breath rate alone in the EP group, following yoga (P < 0.05, t-test). This suggests that yoga practice may be useful in the management of stress following a natural disaster in people with widely differing social, cultural and spiritual beliefs.
PMID: 18227918