Year : 2014  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-19

Beliefs of yoga practitioners about yoga as a science: A survey in Mumbai

1 Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, Maharashtra, India
2 Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India
3 Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Correspondence Address:
Shirley Telles
Patanjali Research Foundation, Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar - 249 405, Uttarakhand
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Source of Support: Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0044-0507.140195

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Context: The ancient Indian science of yoga is both an experiential science as well as a set of practices which are very suitable to be evaluated using conventional research methods. Despite the rapidly growing scientific literature on the effects of yoga and its applications, there has been no survey carried out to determine whether yoga practitioners are themselves aware of this research. Aims: The current study aimed at conducting a survey to document the beliefs about yoga as a science among its practitioners. Methods: The current survey was conducted chiefly on graduate students of Mumbai University as well as some of the staff. The study surveyed 972 respondents (with an average age of 26 years and a male-female ratio of 54.8:45.2), out of which 54.7 percent practiced yoga. Results: Among the yoga practitioners, 66.1 percent were aware of scientific research on yoga and 57.6 percent associated yoga with scientific research. Interestingly, 60.4 percent of yoga users were keen to have online yoga courses. Among those who did not practice yoga (45.3 percent), 45.0 percent had no intention of starting to practice yoga. Conclusion: The current survey, which is the first documentation of its type in India, showed interesting trends in beliefs about yoga as a scientific discipline among a predominantly young, educated, and urban Indian sample.

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