Vidya Institute’s Integrative Yoga Research: The Evaluation of Yoga and Vedic Sciences through Empirical Methods

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.

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Research Directory

1) Yoga for women with fibromyalgia (single cohort study):

Curtis, K., Osadchuk, A., & Katz, J. (2011). An eight-week yoga intervention is associated with improvements in pain, psychological functioning and mindfulness, and changes in cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia. Journal of pain research4, 189–201.

Yoga for individuals with complex multi-morbidity (single cohort study):

Curtis, K., Kuluski, K., Bechsgaard, G., Ridgway, J., & Katz, J. (2016). Evaluation of a Specialized Yoga Program for Persons Admitted to a Complex Continuing Care Hospital: A Pilot Study. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine: eCAM2016, 6267879.

Yoga for individuals with spinal cord injury (single cohort study):

Curtis, K., Hitzig, S., Leong, N., Wicks, C., Ditor, D., & Katz, J. (2015). Evaluation of a

Modified Yoga Program for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 49(2), 97-117.

Yoga for individuals with spinal cord injury (randomized controlled trial):

Curtis, K., Hitzig, S. L., Bechsgaard, G., Stoliker, C., Alton, C., Saunders, N., Leong, N., & Katz, J. (2017). Evaluation of a specialized yoga program for persons with a spinal cord injury: a pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of pain research10, 999–1017.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for elderly individuals (single cohort study, unpublished):

Evaluation of stress, mood, mindfulness and neurocognitive function in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program for community dwelling seniors.

Yoga for individuals with persistent pain related to surgical-oncology (multi-wave randomized control trial, in progress):

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