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

Formative Study

Formative Study

Before commencing the randomized controlled trial, we will conduct a pilot study involving a random selection of participants (n=10) to assess the overall feasibility of the proposed yoga intervention. Ten volunteers will complete a yoga class at the fitness center ‘Friskis och Svettis’ (see description below) in Sweden and designate centre at Ujjain , India and then participate in a focus group to assess whether the standard yoga classes are suitable for elderly adults, both in terms of format and intensity, or whether a tailor-made yoga-program is necessary. If the standard yoga classes are considered inappropriate by the majority of the pilot participants, this information will be fed into the design of a tailored yoga intervention.

Randomized Controlled Trial: Eligible participants will be individually randomized (before completing a baseline assessment) to either a 12-week supervised yoga program, or a 12-week mild exercise intervention. Participants will be allocated to blocks on the basis of gender to achieve an even distribution of males and females in the treatment and control groups. The randomization procedure will be performed externally using a random number generator.