Authors: Donesky D, Selman L, McDermott K, Citron T, Howie-Esquivel J
J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Jun 27;:
OBJECTIVE: Test the feasibility and clinical outcomes of a home-based videoconferencing yoga intervention in participants diagnosed with both Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and heart failure (HF).
BACKGROUND: Yoga has potential benefit for symptom relief in participants with COPD and with HF; however, functional impairment and transportation issues can hinder access to typical yoga classes.
METHODS: A controlled, nonrandomized trial was conducted of an 8-week TeleYoga intervention versus an educational control (information leaflets mailed to participants with one weekly phone call). One-hour TeleYoga classes were implemented twice weekly via multipoint videoconferencing, which connected participants to live classes via an Internet connection to their televisions.
RESULTS: Fourteen participants with COPD and HF took part in the pilot study (7 in the intervention group and 8 in the control). Intervention participants were adherent to classes, able to safely participate, and found the classes enjoyable after the 8-week program. Dyspnea after exercise improved in the intervention group.
CONCLUSIONS: Despite their frailty, patients diagnosed with both COPD and HF were able to perform yoga safely in the home setting. TeleYoga was acceptable and adherence was good; however, technical issues were an important hindrance to participation.