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Therapeutic Yoga to Improve Balance and Floor Transfer in Older Adults

Tatum, Nancy Glenmore MSG, E-RYT 500, CMT; Bradley, Rodney Clarke MS, PT, RYT; Igel, Charles PhD

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: April/June 2011 - Volume 27 - Issue 2 - p 134–141
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e31821bff1d
Yoga as Therapy

A therapeutic yoga program designed for older adults and the supporting research has demonstrated significant improvement in floor transfer ability and standing balance. The study protocol was based on the ongoing work being performed in the Glenmore Ageless Therapeutic Yoga Program. Research confirmed the perceived results that Glenmore Ageless yoga students improved standing balance, lower body strength and increased floor transfer ability. This article discusses the protocol used in both the Ageless Yoga classes and the research study. The Program may be used and adapted across the continuum of care as an intervention in a safety and falls prevention or functional independence program.

Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center, Richmond, Virginia (Ms Tatum and Mr Bradley); and Mid-continent Research for Education & Learning, Denver, Colorado (Dr Igel).

Correspondence: Nancy Glenmore Tatum, MSG, E-RYT 500, CMT, Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center, 10442 Ridgefield Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23233 (glenmoreyoga@aol.com).

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.