Our research centers on sustainability at the most local levels.
In early 2011, Heather Promise Ricciardi conducted a (pilot) case-study to determine the efficacy of yoga therapies on old injuries. The results of the study were quite conclusive. It works, as stated by the participant, himself:
“I enjoyed yoga from my first class; particularly the feeling of peace and calm that I felt most often afterwards…Heather opened up new worlds for me when I started to evolve while working with her individually for this study. She helped me rehabilitate my injured body and experience a feeling of life that encouraged me to go further and seek more sources to change my diet and fight pain using a holistic path…I have relaxed so completely during savasana [corpse pose] that I fell asleep in a brightly lit room with about 30 people. These experiences led me to seek sources of meditation, meditative music, and learn more about yoga“. -Morgan (motorcycle accident survivor)
The import of this line of scientific inquiry cannot be overstated and Heather intends to continue to study the effects of yoga on a wide variety of physical and mental-emotional issues. It is her claim that yoga and related therapies are key technologies to sustainable living at the most “local” level; the human body. With the help of friends, donors, and volunteers, Sustenance Research Institute is poised to continue the necessary research to bring yoga into the mainstream healthcare community as a preventative medicine.
Current Research The Butterfly Project: Testing the Effects of Mindfulness Training for Children
To collect and analyze both quantitative (academic scores) and qualitative data (self-report) on children participating in an Effective (critical) Thinking Program. The program is structured in yogic principles (yamas “don'ts”/niyamas “dos”) and utilizes a variety of methodologies to guide the students as they learn basic critical thinking skills. Storytelling, discussion, mediation, and movement frame each hour-long class; and a challenging question is posed. The children are encouraged to explore each question in class as well as within the accompanying journal. A questionnaire is administered at both the beginning and the end of the 12-part course. The comparative academic data is collected similarly, once at the beginning and once at the end of the course period.