Physical activity to improve wellbeing and promote healthy ageing among older adults:
Randomized controlled Trial

Yoga Intervention

Yoga Intervention

In India yoga intervention will be done in a designate center of R.D.Gardi Medical College by the team of trained team of Yoga instructors. The classes will be designed to be suitable for beginners, and include common yoga poses such as: knee presses, cow pose, bound angle, easy forward bend, twist with leg bent, half cobra and chair pose. Some balance exercises are also typically included, along with a focus on controlled breathing. Participants are encouraged to train at a level they find suitable while maintaining proper form, as instructed. The sessions normally conclude with a 5 minute rest/relaxation period. Each class is one hour long, and participants will be instructed to attend at least 3 sessions per week for 12-weeks.

In addition, they will be encouraged to complete at least one additional yoga session at home, practicing what they learn at the center. Attendance will be monitored. Those who have not attended any classes for one week or more will be contacted by project team and participants will be encouraged to continue. Participants will also keep a diary where they note the number of sessions completed each day/week. There will be capacity of 30 participants to be accommodated at one time. Weekly follow up of participants will be done during intervention and after intervention to record adverse effect and compliance. We recognize that some older adults who have not previously exercised may feel hesitant commencing an unfamiliar exercise regime. For this reason, all participants will be contacted individually before commencing training and each week during training, and offered additional support and encouragement.