Following the success of their pilot project, Accessible Chair Yoga sought the expertise of a university through a KEEP+ RIC grant to undertake a rigorous research study to investigate the impact of engaging in seated yoga twice a week over a period of two months for care home residents. The study followed both residents with a dementia diagnosis and residents who did not have a dementia diagnosis.
The study focused on the measures of movement and mood before and after the yoga intervention. Findings created an evidence base that demonstrated the effects of chair yoga with the elderly care home population. Publication of the study outcomes in a scientific journal will provide evidence for care home managers, residents, relatives, yoga practitioners and health professionals of the impact for elderly residents in care homes of participating in seated yoga.
Outcomes of the study will inform the delivery of the service (an accessible form of yoga) in the health and wellbeing sector. Accessible Chair Yoga will use the evidence base as a means of curating its services to ensure maximum benefit to its users. The information, including the training of teachers to deliver the service in care homes, will be important to support Accessible Chair Yoga to develop and expand its service throughout the region and eventually the rest of the UK.