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A Pilot Study Measuring the Impact of Yoga on the Trait of Mindfulness

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 September 2009

Danielle V. Shelov*
Yeshiva University, New York, USA
Sonia Suchday
Yeshiva University, New York, USA
Jennifer P. Friedberg
VA New York Harbor Healthcare System and NYU School of Medicine, USA
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Background: The current study examined whether yoga would increase levels of mindfulness in a healthy population. Method: Forty-six participants were randomly assigned to an 8-week yoga intervention group or a wait-list control group. Mindfulness was assessed pre and post yoga, using the Freiburg Mindfulness Inventory (FMI). Results: Results indicate that the yoga group experienced a significant increase in Overall mindfulness, and in three mindfulness subscales; Attention to the present moment, Accepting and open attitudes toward experience, and Insightful understanding (p < .01). The control group experienced a significant increase in overall mindfulness (p < .02) and insightful understanding (p < .01). Findings suggest that a yoga intervention may be a viable method for increasing levels of trait mindfulness in a healthy population, potentially implicating yoga as a preventive method for the later development of negative emotional mood states (i.e. anxiety and depression). The control group also experienced moderate elevations of mindfulness at the second assessment.

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