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Can I still participate if I’m taking other medications, like blood pressure or cholesterol medications, in addition to an antidepressant?
Most other prescription and over-the-counter medications are okay to take during the trial. Our research team will help determine if the study is a good match for you based on the medications you are currently taking.

What will I need to bring with me if I am assigned to the yoga program?
Wear comfortable and stretchy clothes, and you may want to bring a water bottle. We will provide everything else that you need.

What will I need to bring with me to the Healthy Living Workshops?
Nothing. We will provide everything that you might need.

What is yoga?

Classes in this study are hatha yoga classes. Yoga is an ancient practice which involves movement and physical postures, breathing exercises, and concentration exercises. Yoga is designed to promote good physical and mental health.

What is the Healthy Living Workshop?
This workshop involves a series of classes about how to live a healthy lifestyle, including: Food—What to Eat; Get Moving—Aerobic Exercise; Coping with Physical Pain; Your Brain on Drugs—Biology of Depression; and Protecting Your Heart.

How do I know if the study is a good fit for me?
In order to see if the program is a good match for you, our research staff will conduct a complete evaluation. First, study staff will talk with you on the phone. If it appears that the study might be a good match for you, we will ask you to come in for an in-person interview.

Do I have to be physically fit to participate?
No. The yoga classes are designed to accommodate all ages and all levels of fitness. In the Healthy Living Workshop, participants discuss physical fitness that is appropriate for their age and health condition.

Do I have to be taking an antidepressant to be part of the study?
Yes. The study is designed to determine if supplemental care helps relieve any symptoms of depression, which are not fully treated by antidepressant medications.

Where do classes take place and who teaches them?
All classes will take place at Butler Hospital two evenings per week. Yoga instruction is provided by certified, experienced yoga instructors. The Health Living Workshop is taught by experienced psychology and nursing staff.

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