Last updated on July 2020

Feasibility of a Brief Trauma-informed Yoga Intervention for Anxiety During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic


Brief description of study

This study will help the investigators understand whether it is feasible and acceptable for people to practice trauma-informed yoga using a pre-recorded video. This study will also explore the immediate effects of trauma-informed yoga on anxiety, mindfulness, and body awareness. The results of this study will inform future research on remote delivery of trauma-informed yoga for supporting psychological wellbeing.

Detailed Study Description

Emerging data shows a high prevalence of anxiety during the first several months of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Accordingly, there have been calls for supportive interventions for psychological health during the pandemic. Due to physical distancing requirements, supportive interventions for psychological health will be most accessible if they can be administered remotely. Trauma-informed yoga may support psychological health during the COVID-19 pandemic, but research on remote delivery of trauma-informed yoga is needed. The present study will evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of trauma-informed yoga delivered remotely. In this study, the investigators will create an online delivery platform within REDCap, a secure web application for research, that 1) hosts a 45-minute video of a trauma-informed yoga practice, and 2) collects data on participants' present moment experience of anxiety, mindfulness, and body awareness immediately before and after the yoga practice. Feasibility and acceptability data will allow the investigators to evaluate recruitment methods and refine the delivery method of trauma-informed yoga in a way that aligns with participant preferences. The investigators will also evaluate the short-term effects of trauma-informed yoga on state anxiety, state mindfulness, and body awareness. This study will allow the investigators to pilot the remote delivery of trauma-informed yoga during the ongoing, highly stressful COVID-19 pandemic and further develop trauma-informed yoga as a supportive intervention for psychological health.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT04453514

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