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. http://www.bestest.us/files/7413/6380/7277 MiniBEST_revised_final_3_8_13.pdf

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