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The influence of yoga therapy on anxiety

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dc.contributor.author Clark, Lindsay
dc.contributor.author Edwards, Stephen
dc.contributor.author Thwala, Jabulani
dc.contributor.author Louw, Patricia
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-23T06:42:03Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-23T06:42:03Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01
dc.identifier.citation Clark, L., Edwards, S., Thwala, J. and Louw, P., 2011. The influence of yoga therapy on anxiety. Inkanyiso: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 3(1), pp.24-31. en_US
dc.identifier.uri 2077-2815
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/1952
dc.description Peer reviewed article published under Inkanyiso, Volume 3, Issue 1, Jan 2011, p. 24 - 31 en_US
dc.description.abstract The stressful lifestyles that accompany modern living generate levels of anxiety that become a major concern in society. Psychopharmacological medication and psychotherapy for anxiety is expensive for government health departments as well as for individual consumers. Although the value of yoga as a beneficial and cost effective therapy for anxiety has long been advocated, there have been very few well designed scientific studies in this regard. Therefore the aim of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of yoga therapy on anxiety perceptions and experiences. The research hypothesis that yoga could decrease such anxiety was investigated by comparing two groups, an experimental group of 18 participants that practised yoga and a control group of 19 participants that did not practise yoga, over a duration of three months, The research design included quantitative and qualitative research methods. Quantitative results from the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) indicated that, although regular yoga therapy was associated with significant decreases in anxiety perceptions over time, these changes were not significant when compared with the control group. Therefore, no causative inferences can be made. Qualitative findings from thematic content analysis of participants’ experiences suggested meaningful relief from anxiety over time, especially with regard to such themes as physicality, contentment, relaxation, breath control, mindfulness, transcendence and spirituality. Although further randomised controlled studies with larger samples are needed, this research provided some systematic evidence for yoga therapy as a significant and relatively cost effective intervention for anxiety reduction. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Zululand en_US
dc.subject Yoga therapy en_US
dc.subject anxiety en_US
dc.subject stress en_US
dc.subject psychotherapy en_US
dc.title The influence of yoga therapy on anxiety en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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