The relationship between yoga involvement, mindfulness and psychological well-being.
Yoga practice might have its biggest impact on mental health when it is part of a practitioner's worldview
It makes sense that yoga practice might have its biggest impact on mental health when it is part of a practitioner's worldview, which is exactly the main finding of this fascinating study. A total sample of 455 participants were questioned via an internet survey. 362 yoga practitioners rated their degree of yoga involvement on the Yoga Immersion Scale. The study also pleasingly included a control group of 93 gymnastics practitioners.
Those participants who practiced yoga regularly exhibited a significantly increased amount of mindfulness and religious/spiritual well-being and lower psychiatric symptoms such as depression compared to those who were only marginally/moderately yoga-involved or who were in the gymnastics control group. Another research vote for a regular yoga practice it would seem! :)