Abstract

Yoga therapy is an emerging profession with recent development of educational competencies, training program accreditation, and practitioner certification. In the United States, most yoga therapy training programs are studio-based and data on mentored clinical encounters are lacking. This study aimed to characterize the client population in a university-based mentored student clinic. As part of a larger feasibility study, data were collected at all clinic visits for 70 consenting clients. Data collected included demographic characteristics, reasons for pursuing care, use of other healthcare approaches, and the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) for physical and mental health. Participants were mostly middle-aged, White, and highly educated. Common reasons for pursuing care were pain and mental health. Most used multiple healthcare approaches. Average scores for most patient-reported outcomes fell within normal range at baseline. Future studies are needed to better characterize yoga therapy users and to expand access for populations in whom the modality is underutilized despite emerging evidence of relevance.

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