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International Journal of Yoga Therapy

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30354906/yoga-kernels-a-public-health-model-for-developing-and-disseminating-evidence-based-yoga-practices
#1
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30354905/irest-meditation-for-older-adults-with-depression-symptoms-a-pilot-study
#2
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30324832/secularity-guiding-questions-for-inclusive-yoga-in-schools
#3
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30130144/yoga-as-a-complementary-therapy-for-adults-with-type-2-diabetes-design-and-rationale-of-the-healthy-active-and-in-control-ha1c-study
#4
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...
August 21, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30117760/a-feasibility-study-of-restorative-yoga-versus-vigorous-yoga-intervention-for-sedentary-breast-and-ovarian-cancer-survivors
#5
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30117759/a-qualitative-study-exploring-yoga-in-veterans-with-ptsd-symptoms
#6
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29741426/yoga-therapy-in-the-german-healthcare-system
#7
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29698082/phenomenological-inquiry-into-phoenix-rising-yoga-therapy
#8
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29698081/kundalini-yoga-for-generalized-anxiety-disorder-an-exploration-of-treatment-efficacy-and-possible-mechanisms
#9
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29630416/perceived-activities-and-participation-outcomes-of-a-yoga-intervention-for-individuals-with-parkinson-s-disease-a-mixed-methods-study
#10
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29596005/improved-self-acceptance-quality-of-life-and-stress-level-from-participation-in-a-worksite-yoga-foundations-program-a-pilot-study
#11
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29596004/knowledge-attitude-and-practice-of-yoga-in-medical-students-assessment-of-anthropometry-and-lifestyle-factors
#12
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29498893/the-essential-properties-of-yoga-questionnaire-epyq-psychometric-properties
#13
Crystal L Park, A Rani Elwy, Meghan Maiya, Andrew J Sarkin, Kristen E Riley, Susan V Eisen, Ian Gutierrez, Lucy Finkelstein-Fox, Sharon Y Lee, Danielle Casteel, Tosca Braun, Erik J Groessl
Yoga interventions are heterogeneous and vary along multiple dimensions. These dimensions may affect mental and physical health outcomes in different ways or through different mechanisms. However, most studies of the effects of yoga on health do not adequately describe or quantify the components of the interventions being implemented. This lack of detail prevents researchers from making comparisons across studies and limits our understanding of the relative effects of different aspects of yoga interventions...
March 2, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29419338/bridging-body-and-mind-considerations-for-trauma-informed-yoga
#14
Lauren Justice, Christiane Brems, Karrie Ehlers
Individuals who suffer from trauma-related symptoms are a unique population that could benefit from the mind-body practice of yoga-or have their symptoms reactivated by it, depending on the type of yoga. Trauma-informed yoga (TIY), that is, yoga adapted to the unique needs of individuals working to overcome trauma, may ameliorate symptoms by creating a safe, tailored practice for students to learn how to respond, rather than react, to symptoms and circumstances. Yoga not thus adapted, on the other hand, may increase reactivity and activate symptoms such as hyperarousal or dissociation...
February 8, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29419337/multidimensional-improvements-in-health-following-hatha-yoga-for-individuals-with-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy
#15
Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Karen Atler, Jennifer Dickman Portz, Arlene A Schmid
The purpose of this study was to understand the lived experience of ten individuals with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) who completed an 8-week Hatha Yoga trial. The International Classification of Function, Disability, and Health (ICF) provided the framework for this study. Two focus groups were conducted following a twice-weekly, 60-minute yoga intervention that was designed for people with DPN. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was employed to analyze the data. Themes in the data emerged related to improvements in body functions, specifically neuromuscular and movement-based function and sensory functions, as well as stress management and sleep improvement via breathwork, and social support was an essential environmental factor...
February 8, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350581/characteristics-of-yoga-practice-and-predictors-of-practice-frequency
#16
Sujata Ghosh Ayala, Kenneth Wallson, Gurjeet Birdee
Yoga is a globally popular mind-body practice used for health. The objective of this study was to characterize yoga practice and factors associated with frequency of practice. Yoga practitioners were sent invitations via email to participate in an online survey. Yoga characteristics and other sociodemographics were collected. Data from 309 consenting respondents were analyzed for patterns in practice characteristics (yoga techniques, location of practice, method of instruction, teacher status, and yoga type)...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350580/development-and-evaluation-of-a-yoga-intervention-program-for-parkinson-s-disease
#17
Catherine Justice, Corjena Cheung, Amy Samson-Burke
Preliminary research indicates that yoga could be a valuable tool for people suffering from Parkinson's disease (PD). However, little has been published about the process by which the yoga interventions were designed and evaluated. This study elaborates on the process of developing and testing a bi-weekly, 12-week yoga program to determine its safety and feasibility for people with PD. The lead yoga teacher used input from a focused literature review to design an initial draft of the intervention program. This draft was reviewed by a group of yoga experts ( n = 6) to develop the final intervention program...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/30412426/accepted-abstracts
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January 2018: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131740/the-impact-of-prenatal-yoga-on-exercise-attitudes-and-behavior-teachable-moments-from-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#19
Shilpa Babbar, Blake W Porter, Karen B Williams
OBJECTIVE: Pregnancy serves as an opportune time for "teachable moments" to elicit positive behavior change. We evaluated change in exercise perception, behavior and gestational weight gain in participants engaged in a one-hour educational experience. METHODS: Women between 28 0/7 to 36 6/7 weeks with no prior yoga experience carrying a non-anomalous singleton fetus participated in a randomized controlled trial on prenatal yoga. The yoga group engaged in a one-hour yoga class; the attention control educational group, in a one-hour presentation on exercise, nutrition and obesity in pregnancy...
November 2017: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131739/yoga-as-sanctuary-a-valuable-mind-body-intervention-for-the-lesbian-community
#20
Karen Myers
Poetic autoethnography provides a research methodology to explore yoga as a mind-body intervention that creates sanctuary. Using this qualitative method and retrieving data from my personal journals, daily workout journals, experiences as a lesbian-identified participant in yoga classes, and yoga instructor, I turn the research lens on myself in order to examine my sociological life story. At a critical time in my life when I was struggling with the fragmentation, anxiety, and despair resulting from dealing with homophobia in a heteronormative world, yoga provided sanctuary for me...
November 2017: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
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