“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 [...]

By |2018-09-26T16:20:58-04:00September 25th, 2018|Yoga Methods|0 Comments

Is “Yoga Bod” the New Skinny?

What’s This Research About? This study provides a systematic analysis of physical appearance-related attributes from three leading yoga lifestyle magazines published between 2010-2015: Yoga Journal, Om Yoga & Lifestyle, and Yoga Magazine. Media frame content of the magazine cover captions was also analyzed, in addition to whether differences in characteristics existed depending [...]

By |2018-09-10T22:54:17-04:00September 11th, 2018|Yoga Methods, Yoga Poses|0 Comments

Yoga Participation Among Racial/Ethnic Minorities and Low Income Adults

What’s This Research About? In the past twenty years there’s been a lot more research on the health benefits of yoga. Unfortunately the research has underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and people of low socioeconomic status. These researchers specifically addressed this population with this study. They had two goals. First they assessed [...]

By |2018-08-21T09:34:37-04:00August 21st, 2018|Uncategorized, Yoga Methods|0 Comments

Does Yoga Promote a Positive Body Image?

What’s This Research About? Traditionally, yoga is a holistic philosophy that integrates the mind and the body; other principles include ethical behavior towards the self and others. Hatha yoga, the most widely practiced form  of yoga in the US, utilizes physical postures, movement, controlled breathing, and meditation to improve physiological and psychological [...]

By |2018-08-06T20:30:13-04:00August 7th, 2018|Yoga Methods, Yoga Poses|2 Comments

Yoga for Menopausal Symptoms: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

What’s This Research About? Three quarters of women experience menopausal symptoms including sleep issues, hot flashes, depression, and anxiety. The use of hormone replacement therapy which is often used to decrease symptoms has declined due to the uncertainty of its safety. This has left women with less options to choose from for [...]

By |2018-07-24T00:39:03-04:00July 24th, 2018|Conditions, Yoga Methods|0 Comments

Yoga for Shoulder and Spinal Movement in Women with Breast Cancer

What’s This Research About? This pilot study evaluates the effects of an eight-week yoga program on the upper body of women with stage one BCRL. BCRL can cause loss of shoulder ROM, strength, and altered biomechanics of the shoulder girdle. These biomechanical changes can lead to difficulty with activities of daily living [...]

By |2017-11-03T07:35:37-04:00October 24th, 2017|Conditions, Yoga Methods|0 Comments

Effects of Six Months of Yoga on Breast Cancer Survivors

What’s This Research About? It’s been shown that yoga improves quality of life (QOL) and flexibility for cancer survivors, but how does it affect specific fitness markers in breast cancer survivors? This study assessed specific fitness outcomes such as VO2 max, strength, flexibility, BMI, and body fat. They also compared results from the [...]

By |2017-10-10T20:28:27-04:00October 10th, 2017|Conditions, Yoga Methods|0 Comments

Restorative Yoga Vs. Stretching on Stress in People with Metabolic Syndrome

What’s This Research About? Researchers wanted to see if restorative yoga was effective at increasing the relaxation response enough to reduce stress, decrease cortisol, and improve psychosocial outcomes. They compare the effects of restorative yoga to stretching. It’s tempting to assume that restorative yoga would have a greater impact on stress levels.  [...]

By |2017-11-03T07:36:13-04:00September 19th, 2017|Conditions, Stretching, Yoga Methods|3 Comments

Yoga Effects on Lung Function

What’s This Research About? Can yoga improve lung function? The researchers reviewed a group of studies that investigated whether yoga training improves pulmonary functioning in healthy individuals by measuring respiratory muscular strength, ventilatory capacity, forced expiratory volume (FEV1), forced vital capacity (FVC), vital capacity (VC), and peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR). See definitions below [...]

By |2017-10-23T12:28:35-04:00September 5th, 2017|Breathing, Yoga Methods|0 Comments

Yoga Can Cause Pain

What’s This Research About? The researchers note that as a complementary therapy, yoga has been shown to improve musculoskeletal ailments including neck pain, low back pain, and osteoarthritis. However, these yoga interventions are led in highly controlled experimental conditions which do not reflect the recreational yoga conditions the average practitioner may encounter [...]

By |2017-08-08T14:55:59-04:00August 8th, 2017|Pain, Yoga Methods|4 Comments
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