International Journal of Yoga

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: 2012  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 70--73

Barriers to yoga therapy as an add-on treatment for schizophrenia in India


Shubhangi Baspure1, Aarti Jagannathan2, Santosh Kumar3, Shivarama Varambally4, Jagadisha Thirthalli4, G Venkatasubramanain4, HR Nagendra5, BN Gangadhar4 
1 Former Senior Research Fellow (SRF), AYUSH-Yoga Project, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India
2 Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS), New Delhi, India
4 Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India
5 Vice-chancellor, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samasthana (SVYASA), Bangalore, India

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Aim: To describe the possible barriers to yoga therapy for patients with schizophrenia in India. Materials and Methods: In a randomized control trial at NIMHANS, patients with schizophrenia (on stable doses of antipsychotics, 18-60 years of age, with a Clinical Global Impression-Severity score of 3 or more) were randomized into one of three limbs: Yoga therapy, physical exercise and waitlist. Of 857 patients screened, 392 (45.7%) patients were found eligible for the study. Among them, 223 (56.8%) declined to take part in the trial. The primary reasons for declining were analyzed. Results: The primary reasons for declining were (a) distance from the center (n=83; 37.2%); (b) no one to accompany them for training (n=25; 11.2%); (c) busy work schedule (n=21, 9.4%); (d) unwilling to come for one month (n=11; 4.9%), (e) not willing for yoga therapy (n=9, 4.0%); (f) personal reasons (n=3, 1.3%); (g) religious reasons (n=1, 0.4%). In 70 patients (31.6%), no reasons were ascribed. No patient refused citing research nature of the intervention as a reason. Conclusion: More than half of the patients eligible for yoga did not consent to the study. Logistic factors, such as the need for daily training under supervision in a specialized center for long periods, are the most important barriers that prevent patients with schizophrenia from receiving yoga therapy. Alternative models/schedules that are patient-friendly must be explored to reach the benefit of yoga to patients with schizophrenia.


How to cite this article:
Baspure S, Jagannathan A, Kumar S, Varambally S, Thirthalli J, Venkatasubramanain G, Nagendra H R, Gangadhar B N. Barriers to yoga therapy as an add-on treatment for schizophrenia in India.Int J Yoga 2012;5:70-73


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Baspure S, Jagannathan A, Kumar S, Varambally S, Thirthalli J, Venkatasubramanain G, Nagendra H R, Gangadhar B N. Barriers to yoga therapy as an add-on treatment for schizophrenia in India. Int J Yoga [serial online] 2012 [cited 2021 Nov 27 ];5:70-73
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