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Background: Parkinson’s (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder affecting nearly 10 million people and ~1 million Americans (Parkinson’s Foundation, 2022). PD affects motor and nonmotor functions, increasing disability over time (Dutta, 2020). Research shows that yoga improves motor function, balance, and functional mobility, reduces anxiety and depression, and increases QoL for patients with PD (Ban et al., 2021, Green et al., 2019).
Problem/Purpose: Individuals with PD experience decreased function in many areas of occupational performance and lack access to alternative options for yoga, such as a resource for an online adapted yoga program. The purpose of this project was to develop an online adapted yoga program resource for people with PD and increase accessibility. The project hypothesis was that developing this online resource would assist in incorporating yoga into their daily routine and sustain their practice. In addition, the goal of this project was to promote occupational engagement of those with neuromuscular impairments like PD.
Methods: The project consisted of five phases: the pre-development phase, planning phase, development phase, recording phase, and test/launch phase. Each phase expanded on the previous one or concurrently on each other and served as a guide throughout the creation of the online resource.
Results: An online resource of an adapted yoga program was developed to assist individuals in incorporating yoga into their daily routine and sustain their practice. This online resource was also developed to improve accessibility by allowing individuals to practice yoga from the comfort of their own homes.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
online adapted yoga program, Parkinson's disease
Medical Subject Headings
Parkinson Disease, Yoga, Exercise Therapy, Telehealth, Occupational Therapy, Program Development, Adult
Neurology | Occupational Therapy
Hani, A., Smith, M., & Parten, C. (2023, April 26). An Online Adapted Yoga Program for Adults with Parkinson's Disease. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonesspring2023/20