To study whether yoga was effective in managing symptoms of AFib, researchers looked at 538 patients between 2012 and 2017. Participants did not do any yoga for the first 12 weeks.
For the following 16 weeks, they practiced yoga, with both postures and breathing techniques, for 30 minutes every other day. On the days they didn’t attend yoga class, the participants were encouraged to practice at home.
To compare the two periods, participants kept diary logs tracking their AFib symptoms, received heart rate and blood pressure measurements, and completed surveys on their anxiety, depression, and mood levels.
When practicing yoga, participants experienced an average of eight symptomatic episodes, compared to 15 when they weren’t practicing yoga. They also had a lower average blood pressure after yoga.