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International Journal of Yoga Therapy

Jennifer West, Nicole Duffy, Belle Liang
This qualitative analysis examined teachers' experiences of the Africa Yoga Project (AYP), a mentoring-oriented yoga program for fostering resilience among individuals and groups impacted by poverty and trauma. Interviews conducted with AYP teachers were coded using qualitative content analysis. Themes demonstrated that AYP benefited participants by creating S.P.A.C.E. (Safety and stability, Personal growth, Action, Cultural diversity, and Empowerment). The findings illustrated ways in which this program fostered individual and community wellness and positive engagement...
September 1, 2016: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Alyson Ross, Gurjeet Birdee, Katharine Touchton-Leonard, Margaret Bevans
Yoga therapists are interested in knowing whether their therapeutic interventions are helpful in improving health and wellbeing in their yoga therapy clients. However, few yoga therapists use standardized, reliable, and valid questionnaires to determine the therapeutic effectiveness of their treatments. Patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures are paper or web-based questionnaires used to assess an individual's perceptions of their symptoms and/or quality of life. In 2004, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched the PROMIS(®) initiative to standardize and simplify the collection of PROs in research and in clinical practice...
September 1, 2016: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Tosca D Braun, Crystal L Park, Amy A Gorin, Hilary Garivaltis, Jessica J Noggle, Lisa A Conboy
INTRODUCTION: Overweight/obesity is a pressing international health concern and conventional treatments demonstrate poor long-term efficacy. Preliminary evidence suggests yoga and Ayurveda may be promising approaches, although recent NHIS estimates indicate rare utilization of Ayurveda in the US. Group-based curricula that integrate yoga and Ayurveda-inspired principles to attenuate overweight and obesity across individuals may prove a feasible, disseminable clinical adjunct to facilitate psychosocial health and weight loss and/or maintenance...
September 1, 2016: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
James W Carson, Kimberly M Carson, Kim D Jones, Lindsay Lancaster, Scott D Mist
Published findings from a randomized controlled trial have shown that Mindful Yoga training improves symptoms, functional deficits, and coping abilities in individuals with fibromyalgia and that these benefits are replicable and can be maintained 3 months post-treatment. The aim of this study was to collect pilot data in female fibromyalgia patients (n = 7) to determine if initial evidence indicates that Mindful Yoga also modulates the abnormal pain processing that characterizes fibromyalgia. Pre- and post-treatment data were obtained on quantitative sensory tests and measures of symptoms, functional deficits, and coping abilities...
September 1, 2016: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Stephanie J Sohl, Nancy E Avis, Kimberly Stanbery, Janet A Tooze, Kelly Moormann, Suzanne C Danhauer
BACKGROUND: Women undergoing surgical procedures for suspected gynecologic malignancies frequently experience pain and psychological distress related to surgery. Yoga may reduce these negative surgical outcomes. The primary objective of this pilot study was to assess the feasibility of evaluating a perioperative brief Yoga Skills Training (YST) in this population. Secondary objectives were to (1) assess the immediate effects of the YST on pain and psychological distress; and (2) provide preliminary data for future studies...
September 1, 2016: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Ashley W Gulden, Len Jennings
Trauma is ubiquitous in our society; therefore, it is important to explore how individuals cultivate healing after traumatic experiences. Yoga may be one avenue to cultivate healing. Qualitative methods were employed to study the role yoga practice played in the healing process of those who experienced interpersonal trauma. Eleven interpersonal trauma survivors who practiced yoga regularly were identified through a criterion sampling method. Data analysis revealed that the emphasis of yoga on mind and physical body fostered numerous positive outcomes, such as spiritual growth, self-acceptance, alleviation of trauma-related symptoms, and increased feelings of self-compassion, empowerment, and serenity...
August 15, 2016: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Stephanie J Sohl, Gurjeet S Birdee, Sheila H Ridner, Amy Wheeler, Sandra Gilbert, Danielle Tarantola, Jordan Berlin, Russell L Rothman
OBJECTIVE: Fatigue and other treatment-related symptoms are critical therapeutic targets for improving quality of life in patients with colorectal cancer during chemotherapy. Yoga is a promising intervention for improving these therapeutic targets and has been primarily investigated in the group-class format, which is less feasible for cancer patients with high symptom burden to attend. Thus, we developed a protocol for implementing yoga individually in the clinic among patients receiving chemotherapy...
August 15, 2016: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Casey Mace, Brandon Eggleston
BACKGROUND: There is little to no scientific data about the health benefits or risks to participating in hot yoga, in particular distinguishing it from the practice of non-hot yoga. AIMS: This study aims to provide some preliminary evidence about the risks and benefits of participating in hot yoga. Future studies will be able to build off the findings herein. METHODS: This study utilized online survey software (Qualtrics) and recruited participants through convenience sampling (n = 157) by targeting yoga websites and online forums...
August 15, 2016: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Rochelle K Rosen, Herpreet Thind, Ernestine Jennings, Kate M Guthrie, David M Williams, Beth C Bock
INTRODUCTION: Smoking cessation is often accompanied by withdrawal symptoms, cigarette craving, increased negative affect, and increased experience of stress. Because yoga has been shown to reduce stress and negative affect, it may be an effective aid to smoking cessation. The objective of this study was to examine women's phenomenological experiences of vinyasa yoga as part of a smoking cessation program. METHODS: Focus groups were conducted post-intervention with women (n = 20) who participated in a pilot randomized controlled trial of yoga as a complementary therapy for smoking cessation...
August 4, 2016: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Alyson Ross, Katherine Touchton-Leonard, Gwenyth Wallen, Li Yang
Yoga therapy may improve a variety of symptoms and health conditions, but little is known about how yoga therapy is being delivered in the real world. The purpose of this study was to describe the delivery of yoga therapy by yoga instructors across the U.S. In this cross-sectional survey, certified instructors were recruited from the Iyengar Yoga National Association, United States (IYNAUS) (n = 966) via an email that contained a link to an anonymous online survey that collected information on demographics, their delivery of yoga therapy, and the health conditions and symptoms seen and records kept by the instructors...
July 27, 2016: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Brandi M Crowe, Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Arlene A Schmid
Yoga facilitates relaxation and connection of mind, body, and spirit through the use of breathing, meditation, and physical postures. Participation in yoga has been extensively linked to decreased stress, and as a result, is considered a therapeutic intervention by many. However, few theories exist that explain the link between yoga participation and improved psychosocial wellbeing. The leisure-stress coping conceptual framework suggests that through participation in leisure, an individual can decrease stress while concurrently restoring and building up sustainable mental and physical capacities...
July 27, 2016: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Jessica R Morgan, Marlysa Sullivan, Akihiko Masuda, Erin Tully, Lindsey L Cohen, Page L Anderson
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a prevalent psychiatric disorder associated with substantial impairment and poor treatment response. Yoga influences processes that are linked to the maintenance of GAD including mindfulness, anxiety, and heart rate variability, but has yet to be evaluated among people with the disorder. The present study is a first step toward documenting the efficacy of yoga for reducing worry among people with GAD using a single-subject AB design case series and daily ratings of worry...
July 14, 2016: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
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2015: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
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2015: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Arlene A Schmid, Erin DeBaun-Sprague, Alexandra M Gilles, Julia M Maguire, Alexandra L Mueller, Kristine K Miller, Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Nancy Schalk
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to add yoga therapy to inpatient rehabilitation and assess whether patients chose to engage in yoga therapy in addition to other daily therapies, to describe patients' perceptions of how yoga therapy influenced recovery, and to assess and describe patient satisfaction with the program. METHODS: This was a single-arm pilot study, adding yoga therapy to ongoing inpatient rehabilitation. Yoga therapy was offered as group yoga or individual yoga twice a week...
2015: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Kavitha M Chinnaiyan, Ann M DePetris, Judith A Boura, Korana Stakich-Alpirez, Scott S Billecke
BACKGROUND: We sought to study the feasibility of establishing a comprehensive, mostly self-directed yoga program in a hospital and its dose-effect relationship on cardiovascular risk factors and quality of life (QoL) measures over six months. METHODS: Yoga-based techniques (Advanced Yoga Practices; AYP; were taught in 12 biweekly group sessions and self-directed practice at home was emphasized. Cardiovascular risk factors were elucidated by interview and review of medical history...
2015: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Lesley Powell, Anna Cheshire
PURPOSE: Despite the evidence that yoga is beneficial for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), substantial in-depth qualitative studies of yoga and MS-and individualized yoga programmes (IYP), in particular-are lacking. The aims of this paper are (a) to conduct a case study on an IYP for one participant with MS in terms of her experience of yoga and how yoga affected her particular symptoms of MS, and (b) to better understand the unique and changing needs of someone with MS in the context of an IYP...
2015: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Jessalyn E Klein, Catherine Cook-Cottone, Carla Giambrone
OBJECTIVE: The Africa Yoga Project (AYP) trains and funds Kenyans to teach community yoga classes. Preliminary research with a small sample of AYP teachers suggested the program had a positive impact. This study used concept mapping to explore the experiences of a larger sample. METHODS: Participants brainstormed statements about how practicing and/or teaching yoga changed them. They sorted statements into self-defined piles and rated them in terms of perceived importance...
2015: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Purnima Sharma, Gopal Poojary, Sada Nand Dwivedi, Kishore Kumar Deepak
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic illness characterized by gross inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract that can result in symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, and bloody stools. IBD is believed to be influenced by psychological factors such as stress and anxiety. Therefore, a yoga intervention that reduces stress and anxiety may be an effective complementary treatment for these disorders. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 100 IBD patients [ulcerative colitis (UC) n = 60 and Crohn's disease (CD) n = 40] during the clinical remission phase of disease were included in the study...
2015: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
Natalia Quiñones, Yvonne Gómez Maquet, Diana María Agudelo Vélez, Maria Adelaida López
The prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in ex-combatants from illegal armed groups in Colombia has been estimated at 37.4%. This high prevalence indicates a need to explore alternative and adjunctive therapies in the treatment of PTSD. A randomized controlled trial was undertaken to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a protocol based on Satyananda Yoga® in PTSD-diagnosed reintegrating adults in Colombia. One hundred reintegrating adults (n = 50 for each of the yoga and control arms) from Bogota and Medellin participated in this study...
2015: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
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