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Randomized Controlled Trial
. 2017 Jul;30(4):365-378.
doi: 10.1080/10615806.2017.1301189. Epub 2017 Mar 13.

Yin Yoga and Mindfulness: A Five Week Randomized Controlled Study Evaluating the Effects of the YOMI Program on Stress and Worry

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Randomized Controlled Trial

Yin Yoga and Mindfulness: A Five Week Randomized Controlled Study Evaluating the Effects of the YOMI Program on Stress and Worry

Frida Hylander et al. Anxiety Stress Coping. .

Abstract

Background and objectives: The YOMI program 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. The primary purpose of this randomized controlled trial is to evaluate the effects of the five-week YOMI program on perceived stress, worry and mindfulness in a non-clinical sample.

Design and method: In this randomized controlled trial 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, conducted via a web-based program.

Results and conclusions: The results of the study indicated significant effects of the YOMI program on decreasing stress and worry, and increasing mindfulness. Notably these changes were still present at five-week follow up. Consistent with the hypotheses, results suggested that the YOMI program established a group setting where individuals learned to use tools and methods to facilitate better self-directed practice. The study shows moderate to large effect sizes.

Keywords: FFMQ; PSS; PSWQ; YOMI; acceptance; mindfulness; psychology; stress; worry; yoga.

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