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Mount professor reveals effects of yoga for individuals with limited mobility

February 16, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Elizabeth Harper, assistant professor of Biology at Mount Saint Mary College, discussed yoga for those with limited mobility on Thursday, February 15.

Elizabeth Harper, assistant professor of Biology at Mount Saint Mary College, discussed yoga for those with limited mobility on Thursday, February 15.

 

Elizabeth Harper, assistant professor of Biology, discussed her original research into yoga’s effects on individuals with limited mobility in her presentation “Moving to Zero” on Thursday, February 15 at Mount Saint Mary College. 

Harper has been immersed in the topic of limited mobility for the last two decades.

“My goal is to get people to a place where they can enjoy movement again, even if it’s just through breathing,” Harper explained. 

In the limited mobility yoga program that Harper created for people with multiple sclerosis, participants had several significant improvements, according to both her data and reports from the individuals involved. 

“I limited the movement to the diaphragm, chest, and vocal cords by asking my study volunteers to…participate in a breathing and meditation workshop,” she explained. “I found increased diaphragm strength, improved mood, and confidence.”

She also gave an in-depth report of her recent study on the value of pool yoga for a local resident senior population. Harper’s data showed significantly-increased balance for the study’s participants, she said. 

The talk, part of the Mount’s Investigating Research on Campus (iROC) series. The goal of iROC is to “provide a forum for Mount faculty, staff, and students to showcase their research endeavors with both Mount Saint Mary College and the local community in a manner easily understood by attendees,” explained series coordinators Evan Merkhofer, assistant professor of biology, and Jennifer Park, assistant librarian for access and outreach services. Presentations include research proposals, initial data collection, and completed research projects.

Mount Saint Mary College is ranked a Top-Tier University by U.S. News & World Report, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for careers in healthcare, business, education, social services, communications, media, and the liberal arts.