Title

Deep Breathing and Downward Dog: Supporting Students with an EBD through Yoga

Department

Social Work

Date of Paper/Work

2015

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper

Advisors

Kendra D. Garrett

Abstract

The purpose of this research project was to explore how school social workers are utilizing yoga as an intervention for youth who have an emotional/behavioral disorder (EBD). This research project was qualitative in design and seven school social workers from Minnesota were interviewed. Participants interviewed were school social workers from Minnesota that discussed how yoga was being used in schools to increase mindbody awareness and self-regulation among youth who have an emotional/behavioral disorder. Six themes emerged from the data including: normalizing yoga, benefits, yoga curriculum, feedback, barriers, and suggestions. Previous research has indicated that yoga is beneficial not only for the physical body, but for the mind as well, was found in the findings. The findings suggest the need for further research to be conducted relating to altering the use of yoga as an intervention in a more systematic way as well as how to adapt the yoga interventions to meet the needs of the group.

Keywords

youth, yoga, self-regulation, EBD, yoga intervention

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