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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 256-260
Yoga for caregiving dyads experiencing chronic pain: Protocol development for merging yoga and self-management to develop skills intervention

1 Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA
2 Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA
3 Department of Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA
4 Department of Internal Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz, Aurora, CO, USA

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Barbara Ann Gibson
800 Oval Drive, Campus Delivery 1573, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1573 80521
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijoy.ijoy_93_21

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Context: Caregivers often provide unpaid care for family members and friends with physical disabilities, often to the detriment of their health and well-being. Caregivers often experience pain, and individuals with physical disabilities also are likely to experience pain. Merging yoga and self-management to Develop Skills Study (MY-Skills) is an intervention that merges self-management education with yoga for dyads experiencing chronic pain. Aim: This article presents the yoga protocol for the MY-Skills intervention. Methods: The yoga protocol was revised based on feedback from six caregiving dyads. The protocol focuses on reducing pain interference and supporting the caregiving dyad. Results: The final yoga protocol incorporated the following elements: Centering and mantra, prana vidya and pranayama, asanas, mudra, and guided savasana/dhyana. Conclusion: The MY-Skills yoga protocol was modified by a yoga therapist with feedback from study participants. Revisions focused on the caregiving dyad, with specific attention to reducing pain interference.

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