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YOGA, MOTIVATION, AND THE STAGES OF CHANGE

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Date Issued:
2012
Abstract/Description:
There are many studies applying theories of motivation and behavior change to exercise in general, however, there are few studies applying these theories specifically to yoga despite the growing research that demonstrates its physical and mental health benefits. This study examined Self Determination Theory and the Transtheoretical Model of Change and how these approaches apply to yoga as a form of exercise. Yoga practitioners completed a self-report survey in order to assess their reasons for beginning and continuing their practice, their degree of motivation, and their stage of change according to the Transtheoretical Model. Findings suggest that, for the majority of practitioners, reasons for beginning yoga differ from their reasons for continuing yoga. Findings also show that integrated regulation and the transformed stage of change play a significant role in the practice of yoga. Results also indicate that an individual's ability to experience flow states in yoga is related to but not dependent on intrinsic motivation alone.
Title: YOGA, MOTIVATION, AND THE STAGES OF CHANGE.
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Name(s): Scott, Sheramy Rebecca, Author
Rotunda, Robert, Committee Chair
Mikulas, William, Committee Member
Harding, John, Committee Member
University of West Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: University of West Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: There are many studies applying theories of motivation and behavior change to exercise in general, however, there are few studies applying these theories specifically to yoga despite the growing research that demonstrates its physical and mental health benefits. This study examined Self Determination Theory and the Transtheoretical Model of Change and how these approaches apply to yoga as a form of exercise. Yoga practitioners completed a self-report survey in order to assess their reasons for beginning and continuing their practice, their degree of motivation, and their stage of change according to the Transtheoretical Model. Findings suggest that, for the majority of practitioners, reasons for beginning yoga differ from their reasons for continuing yoga. Findings also show that integrated regulation and the transformed stage of change play a significant role in the practice of yoga. Results also indicate that an individual's ability to experience flow states in yoga is related to but not dependent on intrinsic motivation alone.
Identifier: WFE0000368 (IID), uwf:61068 (fedora)
Note(s): 2012-12-15
M.A.
Department of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences
Masters
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/uwf/fd/WFE0000368
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Host Institution: UWF

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