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Volunteers Needed to Commit to Quit with Hatha Yoga

Creighton University researchers are testing a possible new tool to help smokers kick the habit - and it comes in the form of sun salutations and warrior poses.

Amy Mayer, OTD, OTR/L, assistant professor of the Department of Occupational Therapy, has teamed with the Alegent Creighton Clinic Cardiac Center to study whether adding Hatha Yoga to an established smoking cessation program can increase success rates for people who want to quit. She is now looking for volunteers to help with the research. Eligible participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently smoke at least five cigarettes per day
  • Willing to try yoga
  • At least 19 years old
  • Able to attend eight group counseling sessions

"Yoga has been proven to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and improve lung function. These are all part of the smoking cessation experience," Mayer explains. "Our research is aimed at determining if yoga can help people be more successful with their smoking cessation goals."

Visit Creighton University's Tobacco Cessation Program website to learn more about the Commit to Quit program. To learn more about participating in medical research, the benefits of participating in research at Creighton University and your rights as a research participant, visit Creighton's Research Participant Information webpage.