Date of Paper

5-2013

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Lance T. Peterson

Abstract

This study sought to address how Yoga Calm instructors view yoga as a way to help children who may suffer from anxiety. Four interviews were conducted with trained Yoga Calm instructors to see how their use of Yoga Calm has impacted the children with whom they work. The interviews were then transcribed and analyzed and six themes emerged: the importance of breathing, visualization, community and team building, ability to practice at home or on their own, self-esteem and self-confidence, and normalizing and having a safe environment. There were many similarities between the findings and the reviewed literature. Community and team building was a theme that was only found in the findings of the current study. This finding may lead to more research to be conducted on Yoga Calm or yoga in general and how a sense of community and team building does in fact impact children who may suffer from anxiety.

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