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This study aims to determine the effect of a yoga-based intervention on atrial fibrillation (AF) recurrence, in a randomised control study.

We will enroll 244 people with symptomatic atrial fibrillation (male or female, age 18–80). Participants will be randomly assigned to either a yoga program, or usual care. Yoga sessions will be 3x weekly lasting 60 minutes under direct supervision and may be online or in person. Participants will be followed for 12 months and will be given a device to monitor heart rhythm.

The primary outcome of this study is: AF recurrence (defined as an episode of AF > 30 seconds duration) and AF burden (the total amount of time a person is in AF). Other outcomes include changes in quality of life, cardiopulmonary fitness, heart rate, blood pressure and nervous system function. It is expected that regular participation in yoga will reduce AF. If this study is positive, it will provide doctors and patients with a new intervention to help manage their AF.

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