Mindfulness/yoga researcher, post-doc. Course leader/Examiner for "Yogic exercises for different diseases" 7.5p (in Swedish) at Karolinska Institutet. Research supervisor.

Marian Papp

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Mindfulness/yoga researcher, post-doc. Course leader/Examiner for "Yogic exercises for different diseases" 7.5p (in Swedish) at Karolinska Institutet. Research supervisor.

About me

Ongoing projects:

Pilot study with MAYO clinic (Rochester) evaluation of online pulmonary rehabilitation programs using mindfulness exercises in combination with health coaching (starting spring 2021)

Article preparation exercise dose and correlation with balance ability in elderly women.

Planning stage online breathing exercises feasibility study

I am continously 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 2021 (spring).

Research description

Mainly investigating mindfulness/yoga based exercises. Also project in balance ability and dose of physical activity.

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: Per Wändell                                                        

Startdate: 2013

The project is ongoing

Background:  PhD 2017. Subjective health data published

Aim: In review 


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) seem not to have any negative effects and similar effects on health as conventional treatment.



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/


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 the course "Yogaträning som kompletterande behandling" 7.5 hp at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. 10 weeks part time. Next course 2021

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

Completed academic pedagogic course at KI (grundläggande högskolepedagogik)

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

Presenting av MAYO/KI conference 2020



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

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Presenting at KI/MAYO konference 2020


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