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2019 IJYT Now Online

Sunday, November 17, 2019  
Posted by: IAYT Administration
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Many of the original research articles in the 2019 edition of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy focus on yoga for mental health issues, including both a pilot and a follow-up on the effects of iRest meditation for older adults with depressive symptoms. An evaluation of a yoga protocol aimed at reducing trauma-related mental health symptoms in veterans represents a trend in the increasing number of studies on contemplative practices for trauma symptoms. Additional research articles consider emotion-focused coping in menopausal women and a biopsychosocial-spiritual model of self-care in graduate healthcare students.

Investigations with specific clinical populations include randomized controlled trials on yoga-based cardiac rehabilitation and on changes in nonmotor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease following a yoga intervention.

The 2019 volume also presents qualitative and quantitative work evaluating yoga training programs in diverse community settings: This year’s feature article, for example, explores yoga as a peacebuilding tool in a social housing complex.

An innovative review describes psychosomatic associations of Parkinson’s disease in terms of yoga philosophy, and an interesting contribution in the methods department describes a yogic theory and practice elective in an academic setting.

Two valuable perspective articles complete this volume: They describe evidence-based practices that facilitate the scientific study and public-health dissemination of yoga, and explore legal and ethical obligations to uphold the principles and spirit of secularism when teaching the practices in schools.

Read the 2019 International Journal of Yoga Therapy now!