Vidya Institute’s Integrative Yoga Research

Empirical Evaluations Of Yoga & The Vedic Sciences

Most of the following research projects were completed as part of Kathryn Curtis’s graduate work towards an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at York University. The last project, in progress, is part of her post-doctoral research at Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network.

Project 6

Evaluation of the Transitional Pain Service Surgical Yoga Program for Individuals with Persistent Pain; a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

Project Summary: The design of this study is a prospective, pilot multi-wave randomized controlled trial (RCT). This project evaluates the effects of a specialized yoga program (Transitional Pain Service Surgical Yoga Program) on pain and related variables, psychological symptoms, and third wave constructs, such as mindfulness. Participants are randomized to an experimental condition (yoga condition: YC) or to an eight-week wait-list control condition (WLCC). The project follows a multi-wave design to allow for small class sizes due to participant medical complexity and the need for individualized instruction. At present, this project has completed one wave, and a second wave is in progress, with a scheduled completion date of April, 2020. Results to follow in 2021.


NOTE: This project is being conducted at ELLICSR: Health, Wellness, and Cancer Survivorship Centre at Toronto General Hospital, the University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario. This study started in June, 2019 and will be completed April, 2020.

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