Volume 1 Issue 1
Yoga Improves Multiple Quality of Life Domains for People with Chronic Stroke
Arlene A. Schmid*, Ph.D., OTR, RYT-200; Leslie A. Willis BS, OTR, RYT; Kristine K. Miller, PT, Ph.D.; Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Ph.D., CTRS, FDRT, RYT-200; Linda S. Williams
Complementary health approaches (previously named complementary and alternative therapies (CAM)) are defined as practices and approaches that are of ‘non-mainstream origin’ and include natural products and mind and body practices. Yoga or therapeutic yoga is housed under mind and body practices as holistic and treats the whole person (physical, emotional, cognitive).
Yoga Improves Functional Gait and Quality of Life for Adults with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: A Pilot Study
Chloe E. Phillips BS, MS; Leslie A. Willis RYT, BA, MS; Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Ph.D., CTRS, FDRT; Brian L. Tracy, Ph.D.; Pat L. Sample, M. Div., Ph.D.;
Arlene A. Schmid RYT, Ph.D., OTR;*
Diabetes Mellitus (DM) affects roughly 29.1 million persons in the United States, with up to 50% of people with DM estimated to be effected by Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN. Diabetic neuropathies encompass a group of nerve disorders caused by D. DPN is nerve damage specifically in the arms, hands, legs, and feet, and is the most common type of neuropathy affecting populations with diabetes. The negative effects of DPN include declines in functional gait and quality of life (QoL).
An Electromyographic Analysis of Selected Asana: Males vs. Females
Kathleen Kelley*, EdD, PT, NCS, Amanda Markham, BS, PT, Theresa Kaminsky, BS, PT, Tara Macula, BS, PT
Four in ten (38%) Americans use some form of complementary or alternative medicine to alleviate pain, stress or anxiety in their lives. Of the types of complementary and alternative medicine available, 6.1% use yoga. Research has shown that a regular yoga practice can decrease stress and anxiety, decrease symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder in veterans, decrease symptoms of depression, improve quality of life and reduce the risk of falling in older adults.
Mental Health and Wellbeing through Yoga
Yogacharya Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani*
Yoga, an ancient cultural heritage of India, understands health and well being as a dynamic continuum of human nature and not a mere ‘state’ to be attained and maintained. Yogi Swatmarama, author of the Hathayoga Pradipika, one of the classical Hatha Yoga texts gives us the assurance, “One who tirelessly practises Yoga attains success irrespective of whether they are young, old decrepit, diseased or weak”.
Bridging the Campus/Community Divide through Yoga: Surveying Student Experiences Delivering a Yoga-Based Classroom Intervention
Maryanna Klatt*, Jane Case-Smith, Roshini Srinivasan
Borne of a campus-community partnership formed to bring needed health and wellness initiatives from the campus to an adjacent inner-city, low socioeconomic status (SES) community, the overall aim of this study was to explore if yoga could serve as a point of connection between college students engaging in service learning and elementary students attending a local public school. An 8-week yoga program was designed to facilitate boundary crossing for the college and elementary students who live in close proximity yet in stark contrast to one another.
Effects of Long Term Yoga Practice, Breathing, and Meditation on Cognitive Function and Emotional Control: A Review of the Literature
S. Marozzo, E Cè*
The practice of Yoga consists of three main activities: control of posture (asana), conscious control of breathing (pranayama), and control of mental activity (meditation). This review is focused on the possible role of Yoga (the combination of asana, pranayama, and dhyana), and pranayama and dhyana alone in generating measurable and observable changes in cognitive function and emotional control.