Development of a Translational Tool to Study Yoga Therapy


This study comprises 4 phases designed to systematically develop and test a reliable, valid and useful quantitative measure of the components and dimensions of yoga; each phase builds on the previous phase. Phase I aims to gain a comprehensive understanding of the relevant aspects of yoga therapy and develop a large pool of potential questionnaire items by conducting a thorough literature review and focus groups with yoga teachers and students. These data will be analyzed using rigorous qualitative methods to identify key conceptual dimensions associated with yoga interventions. Phase II will develop a prototypic questionnaire to assess yoga therapy by refining and honing information from Phase I and conducting cognitive interviews to further develop this instrument. Phase III will pilot test the measure in a field observation of yoga students and use factor analysis and item response theory to select the best items per dimension and to reduce the number of items in the measure. Phase IV will collect data on the new instrument and test the psychometric properties of the questionnaire (i.e., reliability and validity using data collected in Phases III and IV).

Study Start Date

January 2011

Estimated Completion Date

January 2017


  • Behavioral: Yoga Research Tool
  • Other: Yoga Research Tool


  • Internal Medicine: Complementary Medicine
  • Nursing: Complementary Medicine
  • Family Medicine: Complementary Medicine
  • Nurse Practitioner: Complementary Medicine
  • Physician Assistant: Complementary Medicine

MeSH Terms

  • Yoga
  • Yoga Therapy

Study ID

University of Connecticut -- IRB # H10-226



Trial ID


Study Type


Trial Phase


Enrollment Quota



University of Connecticut

Inclusion Criteria

  • Yoga teachers, students, and researchers

Exclusion Criteria

  • Those who do not participate in regular (weekly) yoga practice




18 Years and older

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Study Locations and Contact Information (2)

Study Location Distance Name Phone Email
Crystal Park - Storrs, Connecticut 70.2 miles None None None
Crystal Park - Storrs, Connecticut 70.2 miles Crystal L Park PhD 860-486-3520 provides clinical trial listings in an easy to view format. All clinical trial information is pulled directly from This website does not guarantee acceptance into any clinical trial, and is not responsible for adverse events that may be incurred from a clinical trial.