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Yoga in Older Adults


Marieke Van Puymbroeck, PhD, CTRS, FDRT

Distinguished Professor, Recreational Therapy, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM), Clemson University, USA

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Research interests: Disabilities; neurological impairments; complementary and alternative medicine; intervention research; rehabilitation; recreational therapy

About this topic

Yoga is experiencing substantial growth in the West, and is being used widely by practitioners of all ages. Further, yoga is being prescribed by many medical providers to address a host of reasons. For these reasons, it is essential to fully explore and understand the influence of yoga on older adults, in terms of mental, physical, social, and emotional health and well-being. It is also important to understand evidence-based adverse events or contraindications for/from yoga in this population. We invite your studies that explore one or more of these topical areas.

Publication (8 papers)


Jump to: 2021 2020 

Open Access Review

Take a Seat for Yoga with Seniors: A Scoping Review

Received: 07 October 2021;  Published: 16 May 2022;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2202197


Chair yoga is a specific form of yoga practiced while seated on a chair, or standing using a chair for support; this adaptation allows those with impaired standing ability to practice safely. The purpose of this scoping review was to analyze the published literature regarding the use of chair/adapte [...]


Jump to: 2022 2020 

Open Access Opinion

Yoga: A Potential Adjunct Therapy to Current Rehabilitation Pathways in Cardiac Conditions and Stroke

Received: 06 August 2020;  Published: 28 January 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2101155


Yoga is a form of movement-based mindfulness practice that enhances the mind-body connection to benefit overall health and well-being. Although the practices of yoga are ancient traditions in the Buddhist and Hindu philosophies, scientific research regarding the impacts of yoga among people with poo [...]
Open Access Perspective

Relax into Yoga for Seniors: An Evidence-Informed Update for Enhancing Yoga Practice Benefits by Reducing Risk in a Uniquely Vulnerable Age Group

Received: 13 August 2020;  Published: 07 January 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2101150


Teaching yoga to seniors is often considered an entry-level job for a yoga instructor since older adults are unlikely to attempt complicated, “advanced” postures. Unfortunately, this ill-informed attitude puts the most vulnerable students with the least-trained instructors who may unknowingly put th [...]
Open Access Research Article

Feasibility of Implementing Therapeutic Yoga in Assisted Living Facilities

Received: 19 August 2020;  Published: 04 January 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2101148


The purpose of this convergent mixed methods study was to explore the feasibility of implementing a chair yoga intervention in assisted living facilities (ALFs), evaluating reach, demand, acceptability, practicality, treatment fidelity, and safety. A yoga intervention was implemented twice a week fo [...]
Open Access Research Article

Yoga Training Impacts Physical Function 12 Months Post Intervention for Care Partners of those with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Received: 30 August 2020;  Published: 04 January 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2101147


Physical exercise has been demonstrated to help maintain cognition in people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (pwMCI). We previously demonstrated yoga’s benefit in maintenance of memory related activities of daily living in pwMCI. Our research also has shown yoga helps sustain positive psychological w [...]


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Open Access Research Article

Perceived Psychosocial Benefits for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease Following Therapeutic Yoga: A Qualitative Analysis

Received: 19 August 2020;  Published: 22 December 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2004144


Using a qualitative approach, this study explored the perceived impacts of a therapeutic yoga intervention for individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD), and examined the beneficial components of the intervention. Eighteen individuals with PD who completed an eight-week yoga intervention participate [...]
Open Access Research Article

Feasibility of an 8-week Yoga Intervention among Middle-aged and Older Adults

Received: 13 August 2020;  Published: 06 November 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2004137


Feasibility studies play a critical role in determining whether the target population is likely to engage with larger scale efficacy and effectiveness trials. Feasibility data for yoga interventions designed and conducted with older adults is limited. In this paper we present feasibility and accepta [...]
Open Access Research Article

Yoga to Reduce Leisure Constraints for Residents of Assisted Living Facilities

Received: 19 August 2020;  Published: 20 October 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2004135


Residents of assisted living facilities face leisure constraints (barriers to leisure activities) at higher rates than their community-dwelling peers. Past research suggests yoga may be an effective intervention to decrease leisure constraints to physical activity. Therefore, the purpose of this stu [...]