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BADSHA and COLLEAGUES,  Dubai Bone and Joint Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. measured the effects of a bi-weekly Raj yoga program on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity.



Subjects were recruited from among RA patients in Dubai, United Arab Emirates by email invitations of the RA database. Demographic data, disease activity indices, health assessment questionnaire (HAQ), and quality of life (QOL) by SF-36 were documented at enrolment and after completion of 12 sessions of Raj yoga. A total of 47 patients were enrolled: 26 yoga and 21 controls.


Baseline demographics were similar in both groups. Patients who underwent yoga had statistically significant improvements in DAS28 and HAQ, but not QOL. Our pilot study of 12 sessions of yoga for RA was able to demonstrate statistically significant improvements in RA disease parameters.


We believe that a longer duration of treatment could result in more significant improvements.


Badsha H, Chhabra V, Leibman C, Mofti A and Kong KO. The benefits of yoga for rheumatoid arthritis: results of a preliminary, structured 8-week program. Rheumatology International. 29(12):1417-21. Oct 2009.

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