Therapeutic Yoga for Older Adults

What’s This Research About?

This study investigated whether participating in a 12 week, 2 times a week
Kripalu yoga class would increase older adults’ postural control, mobility,
and gait speed assessed by the mini-BESTest described above, and a separate
gait speed measurement.

TITLE: The effects of a therapeutic yoga program on postural control, mobility, and gait speed in community-dwelling older adults.


PUBLICATION: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

DATE: 2014

AUTHORS : Kathleen Kelley EdD PT, Dana Aaron BS SPT, Kimberly Hynds BS SPT, Emily Machado BS SPT, Michelle Wolff BS SPT

Kripalu yoga: Was founded in 1965 by Amrit Desai. It is a form of gentle yoga similar to Hatha using standard yoga poses, breathwork, meditation, and mindfulness.

 Mini-BESTest: Balance evaluation systems test. This 14 task evaluation assesses 6 different areas that influence balance, stability, postural responses, sensory orientation, dynamic balance during gait and cognitive effects. Each task is scored 0 to 2 with a max score of 28. You can look at the tests done at the website below. Things like standing on one leg, seeing the quality of how they fall, standing with eyes opened and closed, and the get up and go test(TUG), are some of the tasks in this evaluation. MiniBEST_revised_final_3_8_13.pdf

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About the Author:

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.