Sally A. Sherman - Presentations

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  • Sherman, S.A., Rogers, R.J., Davis, K.K., Minster, R.L., Creasy, S.A., Mullarkey, N.C., O'Dell, M., Donahue, P., Jakicic, J.M. Energy Expenditure in Vinyasa Yoga Versus Walking. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 2017; epub ahead of print; April 1, 2017. Doi: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0548.

    Poster Presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

    Whether the energy cost of vinyasa yoga meets the criteria for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity has not been established.

    PURPOSE: To compare energy expenditure during acute bouts of vinyasa yoga and two walking protocols.

    METHODS: Participants (15 males, 13 females) performed 60-minute sessions of vinyasa yoga (YOGA), treadmill walking at a self-selected brisk pace (SELF), and treadmill walking at a pace that matched the heart rate of the YOGA session (HR-Match). Energy expenditure was assessed via indirect calorimetry.

    RESULTS: Energy expenditure was significantly lower in YOGA compared to HR-Match (difference=82.2±42.1 kcal; p

    CONCLUSIONS: YOGA meets the criteria for moderate-intensity physical activity. Thus, YOGA may be a viable form of physical activity to achieve public health guidelines and to elicit health benefits.

  • Mindfulness, Meditation and Contemporary Approaches, Yoga and Meditation in Practice

    Presented at the American Diabetes Association's Annual Clinical Conference on Diabetes in Orlando, FL

  • Get With the Flow: Empowering Mind/Body Health With Yoga

    Presentation at the Health and Fitness Summit for the American College of Sports Medicine in San Diego, CA

  • Sherman, S., Rogers, R.J., Jakicic, J.M. (2016). Feasibility of the Addition of Yoga to a Standard Behavioral Weight Control Program.

    Presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

    Lifestyle interventions for weight control have been shown to be effective for eliciting changes in body weight; however, there is variability in the response to these interventions, particularly with regard to engagement in physical activity. Yoga is a popular form of physical activity that may enhance response to weight loss interventions; however, the feasibility and effectiveness of including yoga within a comprehensive weight loss intervention has not been adequately examined.
    PURPOSE: To examine the feasibility of adding yoga to a standard behavioral weight control program (SBWP).
    METHODS: Thirty-seven women (age=46.8±6.0 years; BMI=30.6±2.9 kg/m2) were randomized to SBWP (n=18) or Yoga plus SBWP (YOGA) (n=19). Both groups were prescribed a reduced-energy diet (1200-1500 kcal/wk) and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (40 min/day, 5 days/wk). The YOGA group was also prescribed Hatha yoga for 30 min/day, 3 days/wk. In-person weekly group meetings were held for the first 6 months, with contact reduced to telephone calls one time per month throughout months 7-12.
    RESULTS: Retention in YOGA was 94.7% across 12 months and 61.1% in SBWP (chi-square p=0.01). Reductions in body weight at 6 months were -9.2±4.8 kg and -12.7±4.9 kg for SBWP (n=13) and YOGA (n=18), respectively (p=0.07); and -9.3±8.2 kg and -12.7±6.8 kg at 12 months for SBWP (n=11) and YOGA (n=18), respectively (p=0.20). At 6 months 77.8% of participants in YOGA reported engaging in yoga on 2.1±0.8 days/wk for 32.1±5.8 min/day; however, participant engagement in yoga dropped to 11.1% at 12 months.
    CONCLUSIONS: YOGA resulted in a non-significant additional weight loss of approximately 3 kg compared to SBWP, and YOGA demonstrated greater retention. While adding yoga to a behavioral intervention appears to be feasible, the reduction of in-person contact also resulted in decreased yoga participation. Sustaining engagement in yoga and its effect on long-term weight control warrant further investigation.

  • Rickman, A.D., Gibbs, B. Barone, Sherman, S., Jakicic, J.M. (2015). Effects of Yoga in a Behavioral Weight Loss Program on Body Composition and Fitness
    Thematic Poster Presentation at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA