Yin Yoga for Stress
We were delighted to come across this randomised controlled trial, which assessed the benefits of a yin yoga and mindfulness programme
Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds to two minutes; more advanced practitioners may stay in one asana for five minutes or more.
We were delighted to come across this randomised controlled trial, which assessed the benefits of a yin yoga and mindfulness programme - the YOMI programme: this is a psychoeducational training and physical practice-based program that bridges knowledge from evidence-based psychotherapy with the practice of mindfulness and yin yoga. It consists of 10 content-specific sessions and does not include home assignments.
Participants were assigned to two groups. Group 1 participated in the five-week intervention twice a week while Group 2 was assigned to a waiting-list condition and participated in the intervention after Group 1. All measures were administered through self-report questionnaires.
Wonderfully, the results of the study indicated significant effects of the YOMI program on decreasing stress and worry, and increasing mindfulness....and these changes were still present at five-week follow up. It is so very exciting that different kinds of yoga are being studied, allowing us to better appreciate the diversity of yoga!