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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22-31
Decoding the integrated approach to yoga therapy: Qualitative evidence based conceptual framework


1 Division of Yoga and Life Sciences, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samasthana, Bangalore, India
2 Department of Mental Health Education, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India

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Aarti Jagannathan
Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samasthana, 19, Gavipuuram, KG Nagar 560 019, Bangalore
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-6131.123475

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Aim: The aim of this study was to define, decode, and append to the conceptual frame-work of the integrated approach to yoga therapy (IAYT). Materials and Methods: Four stakeholders who followed two in-patients with depression over a period of 2 weeks in the residential center "Arogyadhama" (of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandana Samsthana, Bangalore, India) were interviewed before the start of the IAYT treatment and prior to discharge of the patient. The patients were also interviewed pre and post and were observed once during their session. The data from the audio recordings from eight in-depth interviews were transcribed manually and qualitative analysis was conducted. Results: The conceptual frame-work of IAYT depicts that patient related factors ("co-operation of patient," "patients awareness of his/her condition"), therapist related factors ("ability to guide," the "assistance to the patients," "explanation of the exercises") and treatment related factors ("combination of psychiatric or Ayurvedic medication with yoga," "counseling during the IAYT treatment," duration of treatment), play an integrated role in reaching the "aim of IAYT" and experiencing "improvements and changes." Conclusion: The IAYT is a holistic program and the ability of the patient to cooperate with and integrate the available factors (therapist related and treatment related) could enable best results.


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