The Yoga Empowers Seniors Study (YESS): Design and Asana SeriesGail A. Greendale1*, Leslie Kazadi, RYT2, Sheila Mazdyasni BS1, Emmanuel Ramirez BA1, Man-Ying Wang2, Sean S-Y Yu2 and George Salem2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Dr. Gail A Greendale
Division of Geriatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
10945 Le Conte Avenue
Suite 2339, Los Angeles, CA, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received January 26, 2012; Accepted February 25, 2012; Published February 27, 2012
Citation: Greendale GA, Leslie Kazadi RYT, Sheila Mazdyasni BS, Emmanuel Ramirez BA, Wang MY, et al. (2012) A Yoga Conundrum: Why are so Few Men Interested? J Yoga Phys Therapy 2:107. doi: 10.4172/2157-7595.1000107
Copyright: © 2012 Greendale GA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The practice of yoga asanas (postures) may be an optimal method of preserving or enhancing physical function in older men and women. However, the physical demands, efficacy and safety of an asana practice for seniors have not been well studied. The Yoga Empowers Seniors Study (YESS) is an intervention development study that created two senior-adapted series of asanas targeted for an ambulatory older population. YESS is using biomechanics and physical performance tests to acquire information about the physical demands placed on the muscles and joints by the asanas and the functional performance adaptations resulting from the yoga practice. This manuscript details the standardized, senior-adapted, YESS asana series and the additional asana modifications provided when participants had physical limitations. This presentation will enable the yoga research and teaching communities to interpret the biomechanics, physical performance and side effects outcomes of YESS.