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Yoga in jails helps make better fathers

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Oct 192015
 

Participants in the Fit Fathers, Successful Families, Inside and Out do the downward dog pose during a yoga session of their class. CREDIT: Washington State University

Participants in the Fit Fathers, Successful Families, Inside and Out do the downward dog pose during a yoga session of their class.
CREDIT: Washington State University

A Washington State University researcher has found that yoga can help fathers in jail be better dads.

A study by WSU Extension educator Jennifer Crawford found that yoga, which can improve physical and mental health, may also help incarcerated fathers improve their parenting skills.

“We would have a class on a specific topic, like child development or setting limits,” Crawford said. “That would last about an hour, then a yoga instructor would come in and give a guided yoga class.”

The study, located at Chelan County Regional Jail in Wenatchee, took place over three years with 14 different groups of male inmates. The program was advertised among the jail population; volunteers, who had to be parents of young children and pass a security screening, were recruited.

The results, published in the August edition of the California Journal of Health Promotion, showed that inmates demonstrated being more aware and accepting of their vulnerability and responsiveness to children, among other benefits.

The program, called “Fit Fathers, Successful Families, Inside and Out,” had a goal of preventing child abuse and reducing recidivism by improving parents’ resilience.

“Yoga can be physically demanding, and the initial responses we got from the participants confirmed that,” Crawford said. “I believe the yoga practice helped participants become ready to learn and increased their willingness to try new ideas, absorb new information and begin to apply these in their lives.”

Although the yoga instructor for each lesson couldn’t physically touch the participants due to jail regulations, Crawford said the classes didn’t look that unusual.

“It was very similar to what a person would see in a normal yoga gym – other than the security guards entering and leaving the room,” she said.

The instructor started every class with a centering exercise, then taught simple sequences that focused on standing poses; more complicated poses were not used due to potential health issues among the inmates.

Outside of the class setting, the inmates did journaling exercises such as writing about their own upbringing or ways they communicate with their children.

The yoga classes were modeled on other programs around the country. The parenting classes followed a curriculum based on an established course taught in other correctional settings called “Fit2bFathers,” developed by Ohio State University Extension.

The study, funded by a grant from the statewide nonprofit Council for Children and Families and the Washington State Department of Early Learning, didn’t contain any control groups; Crawford said she hopes to conduct more rigorous studies in the future.

Source: WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Yoga eases back pain in largest US yoga study to date

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Aug 042015
 

Yoga classes were linked to better back-related function and diminished symptoms from chronic low back pain in the largest U.S. randomized controlled trial of yoga to date, published by the Archives of Internal Medicine. But so were intensive stretching classes. “We found yoga classes more effective than a self-care book–but no more effective than stretching classes,”

Knowledge about alternative medicine connected to education, income

 Knowledge about alternative medicine connected to education, income  Yoga  Comments Off on Knowledge about alternative medicine connected to education, income
Aug 042015
 

People with lower educational levels and incomes are less likely to know about yoga, acupuncture, natural products and chiropractic medicine, according to a new study from San Francisco State University. Studies on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have typically focused on learning more about who use these types of practices and why.

Aug 042015
 

Physical activities, such as walking, as well as aerobics/calisthenics, biking, gardening, golfing, running, weight-lifting, and yoga/Pilates are associated with better sleep habits, compared to no activity, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In contrast, the study shows that other types of physical activity

Could yoga lessen prenatal depression?

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Aug 042015
 

In a small pilot study, researchers at Brown University, Butler Hospital, and Women & Infants’ Hospital have found evidence suggesting that yoga could help pregnant women with significant depression reduce the severity of the mood disorder. Lead author Cynthia Battle said she learned in prior research that depressed pregnant women are often reluctant to use

Chapman University research on the yoga market from 1980 to the present

 Chapman University research on the yoga market from 1980 to the present  Yoga  Comments Off on Chapman University research on the yoga market from 1980 to the present
Aug 042015
 

Researchers in Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics and their collaborators have just published a study on the evolution of yoga in the marketplace. Assistant Professor Gokcen Coskuner-Balli, Ph.D., co-authored the study, which examined how the meaning of yoga transformed in the past three decades. The results show that yoga became decreasingly associated

ACSM: Yoga helped older stroke victims improve balance, endurance

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Aug 042015
 

An Indiana University study that exposed older veterans with stroke to yoga produced “exciting” results as researchers explore whether this popular mind-body practice can help stroke victims cope with their increased risk for painful and even deadly falls.

Nationwide survey reveals widespread use of mind and body practices

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Aug 042015
 

More Americans of all ages are rolling out their yoga mats in an effort to improve their health. A large nationally representative survey shows that the number of Americans using mind and body approaches to improve health and well-being remains high. Of note is a significant increase in the use of yoga since 2002.

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