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1 University of Southern California Y oga for Seniors: Understanding the Benefits and Risks of Participation George Salem, PhD USC Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy

2 University of Southern California Yoga maybe an ideal exercise activity for seniors

3 University of Southern California Yoga is fun!

4 University of Southern California Yoga can be done at home or in a class

5 University of Southern California Yoga may improve or maintain flexibility

6 University of Southern California Yoga may improve or maintain strength

7 University of Southern California Yoga may improve or maintain balance

8 University of Southern California Yoga is mindful

9 University of Southern California Yoga can be modified

10 University of Southern California Yoga Empowers Seniors Study (YESS) Primary Aim: Measure physical demands of the yoga postures / asanas

11 University of Southern California YESS: Methods Opening Middle & Closing Sequences

12 University of Southern California Biomechanical analysis Joint Moment of Force: JMOF YESS: Methods

13 University of Southern California Muscular Endurance – 2 Min Step Test: YESS: Results * p < % * * 12.4%

14 University of Southern California Muscular Endurance – Heel Rise Test: YESS: Results * p < % * * 19.4%

15 University of Southern California Knee Extensor Strength: YESS: Results

16 University of Southern California YESS: Results Static Balance

17 University of Southern California YESS: Results Yoga-related side effects Yoga-Related Problem # of occurrences (number with prior condition) Shoulder Pain6 (6) Upper Back Pain1 (1) Low Back Pain3 (2) Knee Pain1 (0) Thigh Pain1 (1) Heartburn (Reflux)1 (1) Leg/foot pain (Venous Insufficiency)1 (1)

18 University of Southern California YESS: Results Yoga-related side effects Yoga-Related Problem # of occurrences (number with prior condition) Shoulder Pain6 (6) Upper Back Pain1 (1) Low Back Pain3 (2) Knee Pain1 (0) Thigh Pain1 (1) Heartburn (Reflux)1 (1) Leg/foot pain (Venous Insufficiency)1 (1)

19 University of Southern California YESS: Results Shoulder flexor JMOF – across poses

20 University of Southern California Yoga is popular with over 1-million senior participants

21 University of Southern California Yoga maybe an ideal exercise activity for seniors

22 University of Southern California Yoga appears to increase/maintain fitness

23 University of Southern California YESS: Results Yoga-related side effects Yoga-Related Problem # of occurrences (number with prior condition) Shoulder Pain6 (6) Upper Back Pain1 (1) Low Back Pain3 (2) Knee Pain1 (0) Thigh Pain1 (1) Heartburn (Reflux)1 (1) Leg/foot pain (Venous Insufficiency)1 (1)

24 University of Southern California Senior yoga requires proper instruction

25 University of Southern California Yoga should be one component of balanced exercise program

26 University of Southern California Thank you!


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