Marian Papp

Affiliated to teaching/tutoring

Mindfulness/yoga researcher. Course leader "Yogic exercises for different diseases" 7.5p. Research supervisor. COPD and home based exercise. Post-covid and breathing
Balance performance in elderly

About me

Ongoing projects:

Ongoing Pilot and RCT project with MAYO clinic  evaluation of online pulmonary rehabilitation programs using mindfulness exercises in combination with health coaching (submission ready 2022)

Article submitted exercise dose and correlation with balance ability and gait speed in elderly Swedish women. Published 16 november 2021 - link https://rdcu.be/cBt00

Planning stage online breathing exercises feasibility study

Planning stage yogic breathing exercises for post-covid patients

I am updating and improving the course "Yogic exercises for disease" 7.5 academic credits at Karolinska Institutet where I am the course leader. The course started 2017 and the course starts every year - next course 2023 (spring).

Research description

Investigating mindfulness/yoga based exercises. Project in balance ability and dose of physical activity. Breathing exercises for post-covid. COPD patients and home-based mindfulness training with MI (coaching) - ongoing pilot - manuscript writing 2022

Investigated 3 different yogic interventions on cardiovascular health, cardiorespiratory fitness, physical function, respiration and experiences. Articles on subjective  health parameters as  perceived  health, stress,sleep, the most common symptoms and mental health (in both healthy and diseased participants).

Ongoing project title: Effect of yogic exercises on objective and subjective health parameters/Effekter av yogaträning på objektiva och subjektiva hälsoparametrar

Main supervisor for my PhD project: Per Wändell, MD, senior professor KI                                                    

Background:  PhD 2017. Subjective health data published


Results: Increased dosage of yogic exercises is correlated with improved health as sleep and depression. Yogic exercises  compared to usual care (physical therapy as cycling and strength training) does not have any negative effects and have similar effects on health and physical function as conventional treatment.



Yogabaserade övningar  som kompletterande behandling https://fysioterapi.se/wp-content/uploads/Forskning-pagar_Fysioterapi_1-21.pdf

Användandet av yogabaserade övningar inom hälso och sjukvård. Medicinsk Access. Maj (start sidan 48 (5 sidor) 2020 https://issuu.com/medicinskaccess/docs/_ma420

Yoga hade effekt på fysisk funktion vid obstruktiv lungsjukdom 2017https://lakartidningen.se/klinik-och-vetenskap-1/nya-ron/2017/04/yoga-hade-effekt-pa-fysisk-funktion-vid-obstruktiv-lungsjukdom/


Experiences of physical activity and exercise among women with obstructive pulmonary disease. Marian E Papp, C. Berg, P. Lindfors, P. Wändell, M. Nygren-Bonnier.  Physiotherapy theory and practice. 2022. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09593985.2022.2045658

Changes in physical activity levels and relationshop to balance performance, gait speed, and self-rated health in older Swedish women: a longitudinal study    Marian E. Papp, Ann-Charlotte Grahn-Kronhed, Hans Ranch Lundin, Helena Salminen. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40520-021-02016-5

Effects of hatha yoga on self-reported health outcomes in a randomized controlled trial of patients with obstructive pulmonary disorders  ME Papp, M Nygren-Bonnier, J Gillerius, P Wändell, P Lindfors, Nordic Psychology, 1-15, 2020

Effects of yogic exercises on functional capacity, lung function and quality of life in participants with obstructive pulmonary. Papp ME, Wändell PE, Lindfors P, Nygren-Bonnier M.. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2017 Jun;53(3):447-461. doi: 10.23736/S1973-9087.16.04374-4. Epub 2016 Nov 10.

Experiences of hatha yogic exercises among patients with obstructive pulmonary diseases: A qualitative study. Papp ME, Henriques M, Biguet G, Wändell PE, Nygren-Bonnier M. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2018 Oct;22(4):896-903. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2017.11.001. Epub 2017 Nov 8.

Effects of High-Intensity Hatha Yoga on Cardiovascular Fitness, Adipocytokines, and Apolipoproteins in Healthy Students: A Randomized Controlled Study. Papp ME, Lindfors P, Nygren-Bonnier M, Gullstrand L, Wändell PE. J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Jan;22(1):81-7.

Increased heart rate variability but no effect on blood pressure from 8 weeks of hatha yoga - a pilot study. Papp ME, Lindfors P, Storck N, Wändell PE.  BMC Res Notes. 2013 Feb 11;6:59


Teaching portfolio

Course leader/examinator for  "Yogaträning som kompletterande behandling" 7.5 hp at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. 10 weeks part time (50%). Next course 2023

Course at Academic Primary Centre (Akademiskt primärvårdscentrum) using yogic exercises for stress reduction 2017 - ongoing

Course in "evidence based yogic exercises" use as complementary treatment for Akademiskt primärvårdscentrum. Ongoing "network meetings"

Completed academic pedagogic course at KI (grundläggande högskolepedagogik)

Yoga classes and workshops at Karolinska Institutet Health promotion department (for employees and students)

Presenting av MAYO/KI conference 2020-2022

Outdoor yoga therapy/ forest therapy 



PhD 2017, Karolinska Institute (Sweden)

Post-doc at NVS, Karolinska Institute (Sweden)

Masters degree in Public Health, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)

Internationally certified experienced Yoga teacher, Yoga therapist (C-IAYT, E-YT) (USA)

Health coach

Physical activity on prescription (FaR)

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Presenting at KI/MAYO konference 2020-2022