The relationship between Yoga Immersion, psychological well-being and psychiatric symptoms
Neuropsychiatrie : Klinik, Diagnostik, Therapie und Rehabilitation : Organ der Gesellschaft Osterreichischer Nervenarzte und Psychiater
Short Title: Neuropsychiatr.
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: Nov 30, 2014
Pages: 29 - 35
Sources ID: 69476
Notes: LR: 20171113; JID: 9440588; 2014/10/09 00:00 [received]; 2015/02/20 00:00 [accepted]; 2015/03/11 06:00 [entrez]; 2015/03/11 06:00 [pubmed]; 2015/10/28 06:00 [medline]; ppublish
Collection: Yoga-Based Interventions for Stress and Anxiety
Visibility: Public (group default)
BACKGROUND: In recent years positive effects of Yoga (as a kind of spiritual exercise) in regards to subjective well-being and physical health can be found as well documented in the literature. METHOD: Based on a construct-psychological approach a newly developed scale for the assessment of Yoga involvement (immersion) was validated on a sample of 233 non-clinical subjects (210 females) by means of socio-demographic and well established psychometric parameters of psychological well-being and psychiatric symptoms. Furthermore, the group of yoga practitioners was compared with a control group consisting of 93 gymnastics practitioners (83 women) with respect to these parameters. RESULTS: The amount of Yoga Immersion (YI) can be reliably assessed by means of the one-dimensional YI-scale (10 items) and shows to be strongly correlated with Mindfulness (r = .56; p < .01), Inner Correspondence (r = .61; p < .01) and Religious/Spiritual Well-being (r = .68; p < .01). Furthermore highly yoga-immersive practitioners exhibited a significant higher amount of psychological well-being (p < .01) compared to marginally/moderately yoga-immersive and gymnastics practitioners. The Yoga-group also showed a lower amount of psychiatric symptoms (e.g. depression; p < .01). CONCLUSIONS: The globally postulated positive relationship between Yoga-practicing and mental health could be confirmed; thereby the impact of YI can be assumed as central. Further randomized controlled trial research focusing on the health/disease-related aspects of YI might be conducted especially in clinical groups.