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 beliefs about yoga and the psycho-social factors that either facilitated or deterred their ability to participate in yoga. Second, they gathered data for possible recruitment, study design, and intervention ideas for future research looking at the effects of yoga on sleep.

TITLE: Enhancing Yoga Participation: A Qualitative Investigation of Barriers and Facilitators to Yoga Among Predominantly Racial/Ethnic Minority Low Income Adults


PUBLICATION: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

DATE: July 2017

AUTHORS : Spadola, R. Rottapel, N. Khandpur, E. Kontos, S. Bertisch,  Johnson, M. Quante, S. Khalsa, R. Saper, S. Redline

Mediating mechanisms: Factors that can be altered to facilitate a change in action (e.g., offering childcare to increase likelihood people will go to yoga)

Modifying conditions: Factors that independently affect outcomes but are not influenced by the intervention (e.g., household demands, work schedule, or inability to access transportation to a class)

Social Contextual Model of Health Behavior Change (SCM): Developed by researchers originally to create intervention programs for cancer and public health studies. This model of research takes into account psychosocial factors to identify ways to influence behavior to create better health outcomes. SCM breaks down factors that affect behavior as mediating mechanisms or modifying conditions.

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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.