The Particulars: Yoga is a simple, inexpensive exercise method that focuses on physical postures, breathing techniques, relaxation, and “cleansing.” The role of yoga therapy in the treatment of patients with COPD is not clear.

Data Breakdown: For a study, patients with stable COPD were taught yoga exercises by an instructor for 4 weeks and then continued exercising at home for 8 weeks. Lung function, severity of dyspnea, quality of life (QOL), and serum inflammatory markers were measured at baseline and at 12 weeks. Significant improvements were seen in all measured parameters for those taking part in the yoga therapy program.

Take Home Pearl: Patients with stable COPD who participate in a 12-week yoga therapy program appear to achieve significant improvements in pulmonary function and QOL.