A pilot randomized controlled trial of the Yoga of Awareness program in the management of fibromyalgia

Pain. 2010 Nov;151(2):530-539. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2010.08.020.


A mounting body of literature recommends that treatment for fibromyalgia (FM) encompass medications, exercise and improvement of coping skills. However, there is a significant gap in determining an effective counterpart to pharmacotherapy that incorporates both exercise and coping. The aim of this randomized controlled trial was to evaluate the effects of a comprehensive yoga intervention on FM symptoms and coping. A sample of 53 female FM patients were randomized to the 8-week Yoga of Awareness program (gentle poses, meditation, breathing exercises, yoga-based coping instructions, group discussions) or to wait-listed standard care. Data were analyzed by intention to treat. At post-treatment, women assigned to the yoga program showed significantly greater improvements on standardized measures of FM symptoms and functioning, including pain, fatigue, and mood, and in pain catastrophizing, acceptance, and other coping strategies. This pilot study provides promising support for the potential benefits of a yoga program for women with FM.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Awareness / physiology*
  • Catastrophization / etiology
  • Fatigue / etiology
  • Female
  • Fibromyalgia / complications
  • Fibromyalgia / psychology*
  • Fibromyalgia / rehabilitation*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Movement Disorders / etiology
  • Muscle Stretching Exercises / methods*
  • Pain / etiology
  • Perceptual Disorders / etiology
  • Pilot Projects
  • Postural Balance / physiology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Yoga*