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June 2020: Wellbeing and motivation of mindfulness and yoga practitioners
This study has now been completed. It was conducted by one of my students on the MSc Positive Psychology and Wellbeing programme.
The results showed that people practicing yoga reported better physical health outcomes than people practicing mindfulness. There were, however, no differences in overall wellbeing between the two groups. Also, participants did not differ in the five wellbeing dimensions of the PERMA model.
Regarding the motivation to practice, yoga practitioners were more motivated by improving their physical health, while mindfulness and yoga practitioners did not differ in terms of their hedonic, eudaimonic, mental, spiritual or social motives for practicing.
Further exploration across both groups revealed that the more people engaged because of eudaimonic or spiritual motives the higher their overall wellbeing was. In addition, longer experience of engaging with mindfulness or yoga was associated with higher overall wellbeing and physical health outcomes.
The study sheds some light on differences of engaging with meditation or yoga practices that should be explored further with the aim to develop more targeted or even personalised pathways for promoting and accessing physical and mental public health initiatives.