Yoga Research Consultation

Providing Yoga Expertise for Research Studies & Commercial Development

Gary Kraftsow and selected faculty provide yoga intervention development, training and consultation for research studies and commercial development. The American Viniyoga Institute has a nationwide network of Viniyoga teachers and Yoga Therapists, many of whom are interested in working in research and other settings. Gary Kraftsow and faculty Clare Collins, PhD, RN, FAAN, CYT, E-RYT 500, Beth Whitney-Teeple, PhD, RYT-500 and several AVI graduates are actively involved in supporting yoga research.

Gary Kraftsow, MA, E-RYT 500
Passion for the Authentic Tradition of Yoga Therapy
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Clare Collins, PhD, RN, FAAN, E-RYT 500, CYT
Academics, Research, Yoga Therapy
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Beth Whitney-Teeple, PhD, RYT-500
Yoga Experience for Soldier Study
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NIH Chronic Low Back Pain Study

Gary Kraftsow developed the Viniyoga Therapy intervention for a National Institutes of Health study on low back pain. The study demonstrated positive results and was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2005. AVI Graduate, Robin Rothenberg, taught the intervention.

Sherman, KJ, Cherkin, DC, Erro, J, Miglioretti, DL, Deyo, RA. Comparing yoga, exercise and a self-care book for chronic low back pain: A randomized, controlled trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, 143:849-856.


Aetna Viniyoga Stress Reduction Program

Gary Kraftsow developed Viniyoga Stress Reduction Program, a 12-week Viniyoga-based program pilot for Aetna employees.
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Other Studies

Gary has consulted for studies on yoga therapy for generalized anxiety, abdominal obesity, and lung cancer. Gary, along with AVI faculty member, Vijai Sharma, Ph.D., consulted for a study on yoga and non-small cell lung cancer at Wayne State University. The intervention was taught by AVI graduate, Tracy Flynn.

Vijai Sharma, Ph.D.
Yoga Therapy Research
for COPD and Lung Cancer

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Tracy Flynn, RYT-500
Yoga Teaching
for the Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Study

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