Date of Paper

5-2017

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

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

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Mary Nienow

Department/School

Master of Social Work

Abstract

This study focused on yoga, and other mindfulness-based practices and how they impact children and adolescents who are dealing with stress and anxiety. Three interviews were conducted with Yoga Calm certified instructors who work with children and adolescents, and how they view the impacts of Yoga Calm on the population they work with. The interviews were transcribed and analyzed. Once analyzed, nine themes were found: Children use tools they are taught to cope with stress and anxiety, practicing mindfulness allows one to better listen to their bodies, lack of time, resistance from children, children teaching others, adaptation for developmental differences, differences between Yoga Calm and other mindfulness-based practices, the sustainability of Yoga Calm, and professional collaboration. Similar findings were found between this research and the literature review, which include the use of the tools taught to children, and mindfulness helping one better listen to their bodies. Adaptation for developmental differences, differences between Yoga Calm and other mindfulness-based practices, sustainability of Yoga Calm, and professional collaboration were themes that were only found in this current research study. Due to these new findings, future research should focus on the differences found between Yoga Calm and other mindfulness based practices, as well as how to maintain sustainability of these types of programs in schools.

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