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International Journal of Yoga Therapy

Lauren Justice, Christiane Brems
This case series explored the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of therapeutic yoga as a complementary form of treatment for combat-related trauma. The series recruited for and implemented a 10-week Trauma-Informed Yoga protocol for veterans in an interprofessional community health treatment setting. Participants were enrolled in a series of 90-minute therapeutic yoga classes adapted to be trauma-informed. Feasibility was measured by recruitment, retention, and level of participation in the study. Preliminary efficacy was explored via the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist, Scale of Body Connection, PROMIS-29, P ROMIS Alcohol Use, PROMIS Substance Use, Difficulties in Emotional Regulation Scale, and Self-Compassion Scale-Short Form...
April 8, 2019: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Alysha A Walter, Em V Adams, Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Brandi M Crowe, Enrique Urrea-Mendoza, Brent L Hawkins, Julia Sharp, Kathleen Woschkolup, Freddy J Revilla, Arlene A Schmid
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder marked by progressive degenerative motor symptoms (e.g., tremors, impaired balance and gait) and nonmotor symptoms (e.g., fatigue, sleep disturbances, pain) that can negatively influence health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Previous studies have shown that yoga for individuals with PD improves balance, strength, and mobility. However, little research has been conducted to determine the effect of yoga on nonmotor symptoms of PD. The purpose of this study was to examine changes in nonmotor symptoms among individuals with PD following an 8-week yoga intervention...
March 22, 2019: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Brandi M Crowe, Marieke Van Puymbroeck
In varying degrees, all women experience menopause, the condition of infertility due to altered reproductive hormones. The menopausal transition includes three phases-perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause-each associated with physical and psychological symptoms that can negatively affect women's successful functioning in everyday life. In addition to conventional therapies intended to decrease the frequency and severity of symptoms, menopausal women are in need of coping mechanisms to assist in managing symptoms as they occur...
February 21, 2019: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Laura Liévano-Karim
The goal of the study was to assess perceived mental and physical health benefits of a yoga intervention for people living in Ciudad Equidad, a social housing complex in Colombia. The study participants voluntarily enrolled to complete two yoga sessions per week, each lasting 1.5 hours, during a 3-month period. Additionally, they participated in baseline and postintervention focus groups. This qualitative assessment was intended to identify perceived changes in aggressiveness, interpersonal relationships, and stress after participating in the yoga sessions...
February 11, 2019: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Edmin Christa, Prachi Srivastava, Dinu S Chandran, Ashok Kumar Jaryal, Raj Kumar Yadav, Ambuj Roy, Kishore Kumar Deepak
Autonomic dysfunction is an independent predictor of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality after myocardial infarction (MI). We tested the effects of a 12-week yoga-based cardiac rehabilitation program on heart rate variability (HRV) in 80 patients post-MI. This randomized controlled trial with two parallel groups was carried out in a tertiary care institution in India. The yoga group received 13 hospital-based structured yoga sessions as an adjunct to standard care. Control group participants received enhanced standard care involving three brief educational sessions with a leaflet on the importance of diet and physical activity...
January 31, 2019: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Helané Wahbeh, Nina Fry
Preliminary positive evidence supports the use of iRest (Integrative Restoration) in older adults with depression symptoms. No long-term follow-up measures have been reported on whether the preliminary effects continue beyond initial iRest trainings. The growing population of older adults with depression symptoms is a serious public health issue, and effective interventions to support this vulnerable population are warranted. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the depression and depression-related symptoms 6 and 12 months after an iRest intervention...
January 21, 2019: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Heather Freeman, Christiane Brems, Paul Michael, Sarahjoy Marsh
The current study evaluated a yoga teacher training program to understand the effect of bringing yoga psychology (as an integrated eight-limbed system) to adults in custody (AIC), who were trained to become yoga teachers who will in turn teach other AICs. The study used quantitative and qualitative measures to assess the yoga teacher training program's impact on individuals, their relationships, and the overall prison environment. The study included assessments and interviews with 12 AICs and nine yoga teacher volunteers, as well as key informant interviews with two correctional officers and five administrators who work within or directly with the Department of Corrections on the implementation of the program...
November 15, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Laura Schmalzl, Sat Bir Singh Khalsa
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November 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Herpreet Thind, Joseph L Fava, Kate M Guthrie, Laura Stroud, Geetha Gopalakrishnan, Marie Sillice, Naama Gidron, Beth C Bock
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. For most patients, medication alone is not sufficient to achieve glycemic control; attention must also be paid to multiple healthy behaviors including diet, regular physical activity, and stress management. Yoga, a mindfulness practice with emphasis on relaxation, meditation, and deep breathing, may have special relevance to people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Yoga practice may positively affect stress and other self-care tasks that will contribute to improved glycemic control...
November 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Bradley H Smith, Michael D Lyons, Gulden Esat
Many people are drawn to yoga for its potential health benefits. With its rising popularity, yoga could become a widely used public health intervention, but its success depends on finding evidence-based yoga practices that are acceptable and feasible for a large segment of the population. Complexity and variability create barriers to the adoption and maintenance of yoga practices. In an effort to improve the study, adoption, and maintenance of therapeutic practices used in the context of public health interventions, we introduce the concept of "yoga kernels," defined as discrete, evidence-based yoga practices that are amenable to scientific study and can be effectively disseminated as a public health intervention...
October 24, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Helané Wahbeh, Melissa Nelson
Older adults, a rapidly growing population in the United States, have fewer physiological reserves and are more likely to be affected by stress, making them especially susceptible to depression symptoms. Meditation offers promising potential as an effective treatment; however, few studies have evaluated meditation interventions for this demographic. The objectives of this pilot study were to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of an iRest meditation program in older adults with depression symptoms and to collect preliminary data on its effect on depression and depression- related symptoms compared to a vacation control...
October 24, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Catherine Cook-Cottone, Traci Childress, Jennifer Cohen Harper
This commentary explores the legal and ethical obligations of yoga programs and teachers to uphold both the principles and the spirit of secularism when teaching yoga in schools. Arguing that secularity is essential both to comply with legal mandates and to maximize inclusivity and access, each facet of a secular approach to yoga in schools is explored through an inquiry-based model meant to help the reader gain clarity and make informed choices when developing school-based yoga programming. This article does not address the use of nonsecular yoga for children outside the school setting...
October 16, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Kaitlyn Lapen, Lara Benusis, Stephanie Pearson, Benjamin Search, Marci Coleton, Q Susan Li, Daniel Sjoberg, Jason Konner, Jun J Mao, Gary Deng
Yoga has been shown to improve cancer survivors' quality of life, yet regular yoga practice is a challenge for those who are sedentary. We conducted a pilot randomized controlled study to assess feasibility and adherence of two types of yoga intervention among sedentary cancer survivors. Sedentary breast and ovarian cancer survivors were randomized to practice either restorative yoga (minimal physical exertion, Group R) or vigorous yoga (considerable physical exertion, Group V) in three 60-minute supervised sessions a week for 12 weeks, followed by 12 weeks of home practice...
August 17, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Robin E Cushing, Kathryn L Braun, Susan Alden
Quantitative studies of yoga have reported reduced posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in veterans, but little is known about how and why veterans are attracted to and stick with a yoga practice. Guided by the Health Belief Model, this study examined veterans' perceptions of the benefits, barriers, and motivations to continue practicing trauma-sensitive yoga. Interviews were conducted with nine individuals, five of whom completed a 6-week trauma-sensitive yoga intervention designed for veterans and four who did not complete the intervention...
August 17, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Holger Cramer
An estimated 15.7 million Germans are currently practicing yoga or are at least interested in starting to practice, and they often perceive yoga as a therapeutic approach. From a healthcare system perspective, the situation is less clear. Here, yoga is only recognized as a recreational or preventive activity. When yoga teachers fulfill specific qualifications, their preventive yoga classes are covered by the statutory health insurances. Only those with additional qualifications in medicine or psychotherapy, however, can independently use and promote "yoga therapy...
May 9, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Jenilee Sneed, Tonya Hammer
There is growing recognition within psychology and other disciplines that body experience may be as important as cognitive and emotional experience. However, psychology has few psychotherapeutic interventions to support the integration of mind and body within therapy. Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT) is a form of mind-body therapy that uses yoga posture, touch, and psychotherapeutic dialogue to facilitate growth and healing. The current study explored the phenomenological experience of four women who each received five PRYT sessions...
April 26, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
M G Gabriel, Joshua Curtiss, Stefan G Hofmann, Sat Bir S Khalsa
The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy of Kundalini Yoga in reducing symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) compared to a common treatment-as-usual condition using cognitive techniques. A secondary objective was to explore potential treatment mechanisms. Females aged 24 to 75 years with GAD ( n = 49) received either an 8-week Kundalini Yoga intervention ( n = 34) or an 8-week treatment-as-usual condition ( n = 15). The yoga condition resulted in lower levels of anxiety relative to the treatment-as-usual condition...
April 26, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Brent L Hawkins, Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Alysha Walter, Julia Sharp, Kathleen Woshkolup, Enrique Urrea-Mendoza, Fredy Revilla, Arlene A Schmid
Parkinson's disease (PD) often leads to poor balance, increased falls, and fear of falling, all of which can reduce participation in life activities. Yoga, which usually includes physical exercise, can improve functioning and life participation; however, limited research has been conducted on the effects of yoga on life participation of individuals with PD. This study had two purposes: (1) to identify and understand the perceived activities and participation outcomes associated a therapeutic yoga intervention for individuals with PD; and (2) to compare the perceived activities and participation outcomes with the outcomes measured in the clinical trial...
April 9, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Lori J Casey, Kimberly M Van Rooy, Stephanie J Sutherland, Sarah M Jenkins, Jordan K Rosedahl, Nadia G Wood, Jon O Ebbert, Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, Jason S Egginton, Leslie A Sim, Matthew M Clark
Yoga is increasing in popularity in the United States and across the globe. However, most yoga programs are provided outside the worksite; although many companies offer worksite wellness programs, at present there is limited documentation regarding the potential benefits of participating in a worksite yoga program. Therefore, the purpose of this project was to examine the potential effect of a worksite yoga program on self-acceptance, quality of life, and perceived stress. A prospective cohort pilot study that examined a structured worksite yoga program was designed and tailored to individuals new to yoga...
March 29, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Shreelaxmi V Hegde, Swathi K Rao, Ritesh G Menezes, Shashidhar M Kotian, Sowmya Shetty
Medical students often experience significant stress during their undergraduate training. Evidence has shown short-term yoga to be effective in decreasing stress in students. This study aimed to assess knowledge about, attitude toward, and practice of (KAP) yoga among medical students. A secondary objective was to analyze their dietary habits and physical activity. Participants consisted of 224 medical students aged 18-23 years in pre- and paraclinical groups. A closed-ended KAP questionnaire was used to collect data...
March 29, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
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