Alpha Chi Research Spotlight: Rhoda Anderson

Alpha Chi Research Spotlight
All around the country, Alpha Chi members are producing extraordinary scholarship across disciplines. We’ll be spotlighting some of their most compelling research projects in the coming months. Let their work be your inspiration.

Name: Rhoda Anderson
Institution: Fresno Pacific University
Major: B.S. Kinesiology: Pre-Physical Therapy
Class Year: 2018

Q: What is the title of your project?
A: “Yoga as a Form of Aerobic Exercise: A Study of the Cardiovascular Benefits of Cadential Yoga”

Q: What was your research question?
A: The question I sought to answer through my research was this: “Can yoga, specifically the sun salutation sequence, replace high-impact forms of aerobic exercise when conducted at a high rate?”

Q: What did you learn?
A: I discovered that the sun salutation sequence, when done at different cadences, significantly affects both heart rate and oxygen consumption levels.

Q: Why does it matter?
A: There are many people who are inactive or unable to aerobically exercise in high-impact activities, so it is imperative that we find alternative aerobic methods for these individuals, as it is essential for a healthy and active lifestyle.

Q: What’s next?
A: This summer I will be helping conduct a similar testing protocol on a more sedentary, older population, in addition to working at a physical therapy clinic as an aide. Starting in the fall I will be taking orders as an officer in the Army, going to physical therapy school, and serving as an Army physical therapist after completion of school.