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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2009 May;15(2):110-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2008.12.004. Epub 2009 Jan 11.

Ashtanga yoga for children and adolescents for weight management and psychological well being: an uncontrolled open pilot study.

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The University of Texas, Pan American, Edinburg, TX 78541, USA. sbenavid@nsu.nova.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this pilot study was to determine the effect of yoga on weight in youth at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Secondarily, the impact of participation in yoga on self-concept and psychiatric symptoms was measured.

METHODS:

A 12-week prospective pilot Ashtanga yoga program enrolled twenty children and adolescents. Weight was measured before and after the program. All participants completed self-concept, anxiety, and depression inventories at the initiation and completion of the program.

RESULTS:

Fourteen predominately Hispanic children, ages 8-15, completed the program. The average weight loss was 2kg. Weight decreased from 61.2+/-20.2kg to 59.2+/-19.2kg (p=0.01). Four of five children with low self-esteem improved, although two had decreases in self-esteem. Anxiety symptoms improved in the study.

CONCLUSION:

Ashtanga yoga may be beneficial as a weight loss strategy in a predominately Hispanic population.

PMID:
19341991
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2008.12.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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