Growing Old in a Circle of Friends: Sangha and the Lifestyle Heart Trial


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Abstract

Clinical trials studied Yoga-based lifestyle changes on coronary artery disease patients during the 1970s to early 1990s. Study components included exercise, vegetarianism, Yoga practices, meditation, and a structured group meeting. For almost 25 years, the Research Participants have continued meeting regularly and have reported improved health, better relationships, quicker recoveries, creativity, joie de vivre, and longevity. They continue to experience benefits from this Yoga-based lifestyle for treatment of disease by maintaining a Sangha: a circle of friends, an enduring group circle for coronary artery disease patients.

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