Aim: The aim of the study was to examine the demographic and practice characteristics of current yoga participants and assess their levels of mindfulness, self-compassion, stress, anxiety, depression and wellbeing and implications for designing a yoga intervention.
Methods: A web-based survey was administered to South Australian yoga teachers and students from September 2014 to February 2015.
Results: Results showed a positive correlation with mindfulness and self-compassion and negative correlation with Depression, Anxiety and Stress scores with months of practice. Mindfulness and self-compassion scores were significantly higher with two or more classes per week and mindfulness higher in those with a regular meditation practice.
Discussion: Key findings indicate that class frequency, practice experience and meditation practice are important factors in designing a yoga intervention examining mindfulness and mental health.
Conclusion: Findings provide important information for guiding development of a yoga intervention for anxiety and depression.
- Mental health