Yoga adherence in older women six months post-osteoarthritis intervention

Corjena Cheung, Catherine Justice, Cynthia Peden-McAlpine

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Background/Objective: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a highly prevalent condition worldwide. Yoga is potentially a safe and feasible option for managing OA; however, the extent of long-term yoga adherence is unknown. The purpose of this study was to examine yoga adherence 6 months after participants completed an OA intervention program. Methods: This follow-up study employed a cross-sectional descriptive design using survey, interview, and video recordings to collect both quantitative and qualitative data. A total of 31 participants completed and returned the survey, and 10 videotaped their yoga practice for 1 week and participated in a face-to-face interview. Results: A majority of participants (n=19, 61%) reported that they were still practicing yoga 6 months after the intervention program. On average, participants reported practicing 21 to 30 minutes of yoga per day (32%) 3 to 4 days per week (47%). "Feeling good or feeling better after yoga practice" (50%) and "set aside a time" (31%) were the most common motivating factors for yoga adherence. Dealing with health problems (42%), having pain (25%), and being too busy (25%) were the major barriers. Qualitative data revealed that participants: (1) used mindful yoga movement, (2) incorporated other forms of exercise and resources during yoga practice, and (3) created personalized yoga programs. Additionally, the participants reported less OA pain, increased physical endurance, and more relaxation. Conclusion: Many participants adhered to yoga practice 6 months post-intervention although not at the frequency and sequence as prescribed. Feeling better after practice motivated participants, but other factors remained key barriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-23
Number of pages8
JournalGlobal Advances In Health and Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2015


  • Adherence
  • Home practice
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain relief
  • Yoga


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