“Maybe Black Girls Do Yoga”: A Focus Group Study

What’s This Research About?

Evidence shows that compared to non-Hispanic white women, African American (AA) women have a higher rate of illness and early mortality. One of the causes most likely influencing these health outcomes is chronic stress conditions. Research has shown a connection between socio-cultural context (violent neighborhood), and subsequent quality of health (early mortality).

Complementary alternative medicine (CAM) practices help to combat some of the negative effects of a stressful environment, yet not much of this research has been done with AA’s. There is preliminary evidence that yoga and CAM therapies are effective in certain health factors of AA’s with decreases in blood pressure, and inflammation in early studies.

CAM programs are not largely popular in these communities and there is little research on effective recruitment and promotion of these programs. These researchers wanted to find information and methods that could increase the likelihood of participation. This assesses the attitudes and beliefs about CAM in AA’s in order to implement better recruitment methods to increase involvement in these programs to ultimately improve their health outcomes.

TITLE: Maybe Black Girls Do Yoga”: A Focus Group Study with Predominantly Low Income African-American Women


PUBLICATION: Complementary Therapies in Medicine

DATE: 2017

AUTHORS : Tenfelde, S., Hatchett, L., Saban, K.

Beliefs about yoga scale: This is an 11 item tool that collects information on people’s beliefs that may influence future participation in yoga. It gathers information on expected health benefits or discomforts about yoga.

Determinant of Meditation Practice Inventory (DMPI): This is a 17 item assessment that measures perceptions and views about meditation. A high score implies a larger barrier to practice. This is used to figure out how to address the needs of a target population to increase recruitment for intervention programs.

Perceived Stressor Scale (PSS): A 10-item questionnaire that measures perception of life stress. It poses questions to subjects to assess how uncontrolled their life feels, how overloaded they feel, and whether they feel that their demands exceed their ability to cope over the last month.

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Catherine brings to her role as a personal trainer a wealth of education and years of athletic experience with training in track and cross country running, gymnastics and rowing, boxing and yoga. She received a B.A. in Sports Medicine and Exercise Physiology from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Kinesiology at San Francisco State University. She also holds certifications in ACE, FMS I and II, PRI (Myokinematics, Respiration), Neuromuscular therapy, FRCms, and FR. As an athlete she sustained several injuries, which led her on the path to study and understand the body and the mechanisms of healing. "I was fascinated with everything I learned. Throughout college, I worked with USF athletes as an athletic trainer in the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. Soon I was able to transfer all of this knowledge into helping everyday people with their aches and pains." Her thirst for knowledge is never quenched and she continues to evolve her practice to stay up to date on the latest research and methods to help her clients with present injuries, pain, and best ways to acquire strength to maintain a healthy body. "I believe assessment is still key in starting with clients but stability, global strength and everyday movement are key to people's longevity, and quality of life. If people can slowly and systematically expose their bodies to different loads to gain strength and mobility they will better succeed to get the most out of their bodies." Learn more about Catherine Cowey.