The experience of mindful yoga for older adults with depression

Ka Chun Lee, Wai Kit Tang, Daniel Bressington

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Abstract

What is known on the subject?: Mindful yoga combines yoga techniques with the mindfulness-based stress reduction approach. Previous studies on mindful yoga have reported improvements in depression for working-age adults, but no studies have been conducted with older people. What the paper adds to existing knowledge?: Mindful yoga may be a safe and acceptable intervention to improve the mental and physical health of older adults with depression. The beneficial therapeutic ingredients of mindful yoga, included calmness, being non-judgmental, letting go and seizing the day. What are the implications for practice?: Single-sex mindful yoga groups may be more acceptable for some people. Well-conducted feasibility studies comparing mindful yoga with an alternative group-based approach are necessary. Abstract Introduction Mindful yoga combines yoga techniques with the mindfulness-based stress reduction approach. Previous studies on mindful yoga have reported improvements in depression for working-age adults, but no studies have been conducted with older people. Aims To explore the experiences of older adults with depression participating in a mindful yoga group to establish whether the approach has potential as a future intervention for this client group. Method This study adopted a qualitative descriptive method and used inductive content analysis. Eighteen in-depth individual interviews were conducted with nine participants (each participant had one interview following the programme and another four weeks later). Results Six main themes emerged: “improved physical status,” “actively involved in the community,” “positive psychological effects,” “perceived therapeutic ingredients,” “facilitators of practising mindful yoga” and “barriers to practising mindful yoga.”. Discussion Most participants reported benefitting from the programme. Two male participants expressed that exercises were too challenging and more suited to women, suggesting single-sex groups may be more acceptable. Implications for practice Mindful yoga may be an acceptable/useful intervention for older adults with depression, but future studies are required to establish its feasibility and potential efficacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-100
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Volume26
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

Keywords

  • depression
  • older adults
  • psycho-social intervention
  • qualitative methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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