Yoga Care Foundation Launches First Phase of Yoga Genome Project, a national research study
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Jamie Perkins
Yoga Care Foundation
2167 W. Anderson Ln.
Austin TX, 78757

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The Yoga Care Foundation (YCF), an Austin-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports yoga research, education and community outreach, announces the Yoga Genome Project, a national research study aimed at advancing yoga as a holistic healing modality. The goal of the study is to build a reliable scheme by which different yoga styles can be categorized and compared, thereby providing an entry point for healthcare professionals to prescribe yoga as a lifestyle intervention. This is the first phase of a large-scale survey of yoga practitioners at studios across the county. For more information, to become a research affiliate or to make a donation, visit www.yogagenomeproject.com

Online PR News – 08-September-2011 –The Yoga Care Foundation (YCF), an Austin-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports yoga research, education and community outreach, announces the Yoga Genome Project, a national research study aimed at advancing yoga as a holistic healing modality. The goal of the study is to build a reliable scheme by which different yoga styles can be categorized and compared, thereby providing an entry point for healthcare professionals to prescribe yoga as a lifestyle intervention. This is the first phase of a large-scale survey of yoga practitioners at studios across the county. For more information, to become a research affiliate or to make a donation, visit www.yogagenomeproject.com or call (512) 381-6480.

The Yoga Genome Project, which is being funded by the Yoga Care Foundation and the national yoga community, has three primary intentions: to characterize the different styles of modern yoga practice; to educate physicians and other health care professionals so that they can advocate yoga as an effective healing modality; and to help health care professionals prescribe an appropriate style of yoga for their patients based on factors such as physical intensity experienced in a yoga class, meditative stress relief and social interaction.
“Although we know yoga to be much more than the sum of its parts, we can make yoga more accessible to other people by describing those parts – that is, how much time in a yoga class is spent in asana, focusing the breath, quietly meditating, chanting, guiding attention, letting go or exerting discipline, learning philosophy, and being in community,” explains Rich Goldstein, founder and board member of the Yoga Care Foundation.

Yoga lineage founders and studio owners across the country are being invited to participate in the Yoga Genome Project by becoming Studio Research Affiliates. Yoga practitioners at Studio Research Affiliates will be invited into a series of online surveys that characterize the style of yoga they practice and the wellness benefits they receive. All data collected from Studio Research Affiliates will be part of the research study and will contribute to establishing standardization across research protocols of different yoga lineages. Several yoga studios already have become research affiliates, including The Stress Management Center of Marin in Larkspur, CA; Yoga Del Mar in Del Mar, CA; The Yoga Seed Collective in Sacramento, CA; Sacred Rivers Yoga in Glastonbury, CT; Pure Bikram Yoga in Austin, TX; and Yoga Yoga in Austin, TX, the home of the Yoga Care Foundation.

Founded in 2007, the Yoga Care Foundation was formed to enhance yoga's role in addressing the health and wellbeing of the community at large. The YCF’s vision is to expand the science and community of yoga. For more information about the YCF or to get involved in the Yoga Genome Project, visit http://www.yogacarefoundation.org/.

About the Yoga Care Foundation: The Yoga Care Foundation is an Austin-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports yoga research, education, and community outreach. Its three primary objectives are to research, explore and inform about the physiological, psychological and therapeutic effects of yoga; to provide access to yoga instruction for disadvantaged populations; and to educate the public about the traditional teachings and benefits of yoga. For more information about the Yoga Care Foundation, call (512) 381-6480 or visit www.yogacarefoundation.org.

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