The Use of Kripalu Yoga to Decrease Sensory Reactivity and Increase Participation in Individuals with Sensory Defensiveness

Kimberly S. Mollo, MS, OTR/L, Thomas Jefferson University
Roseann C. Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Thomas Jefferson University
Teal W. Benevides, MS, OTR/L, Thomas Jefferson University

Poster presented at 2007 AOTA Conference in St. Louis Missouri.



  • Understand the role of yoga in decreasing sensory defensiveness
  • Determine if Kripalu Yoga is an effective intervention for decreasing sensory reactivity and improving participation
  • Understand whether individuals with anxiety have greater sensory defensiveness
  • Determine if cardiac vagal tone increases after a program of yoga