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    Yoga, well-being and transcendence: An interpretative phenomenological analysis.

    Kidd, M. and Eatough, Virginia (2017) Yoga, well-being and transcendence: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. The Humanistic Psychologist 45 (3), pp. 258-280. ISSN 0887-3267.

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    Yoga is thriving in the West, but how much is known about the relationship between the practice and overall well-being? The purpose of this empirical study was to explore this relationship from an experiential, qualitative perspective. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with five men living in the UK who practise yoga regularly, and the resulting verbatim transcripts were subjected to an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). We identified four interrelated experiential themes for our participants: yoga has significant personal meaning for the men in how it relates to their overall well-being; the mind-body connection inherent in their practice; the transformative and stabilising effect of the practice in their lives; and the enhanced sense of physical and emotional awareness they experienced as a result. These themes provide insights into how the men make sense of and relate yoga practice to their overall self-esteem and sense of self. The findings are discussed in relation to current issues within health psychology.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Yoga, well-being, transcendence, interpretative phenomenological analysis, IPA, interpretation, health psychology
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Virginia Eatough
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2017 15:24
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:32


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