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Mental hälsa: Den upplevda effekten av kundaliniyoga hos fem utövare inom primärvården
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Mental health : Perceived effect of kundalini yoga on five practitioners within primary health care (English)
Abstract [sv]

Antalet stress-relaterade diagnoser ökar i samhället samtidigt som fler personer söker hjälp för stress-relaterade symptom inom primärvården. Primärvården erbjuder olika behandlingsformer för stress-relaterad problematik, bland annat kundaliniyoga. Syftet med studien var att utforska hur kundaliniyoga utövad i en avgiftsfri och öppen grupp inom primärvården påverkade deltagarna. Studien grundades på ett bekvämlighetsurval av 5 respondenter. Respondenterna definierade sig som kvinnor mellan 25 och 85 år och hade olika erfarenheter av depression, ångest, oro och annan stress-relaterad problematik. Data om respondenternas upplevelser samlades in via halvstrukturerade intervjuer och analyserades utifrån den tematiska analysmetoden the Constant Comparative Method. Respondenterna upplevde positiva fysiska, mentala, emotionella, interpersonella samt andliga effekter. Kundaliniyogan fyllde ett flertal avgörande funktioner i respondenternas liv och hade stor betydelse för deras fysiska och mentala välmående. Upplevelsen av att ha hittat rätt träningsmetod och sammanhang samt yttre omständigheter så som kundaliniyogalärare och avgiftsfrihet visade sig vara av stor betydelse för respondenternas upplevelser. Kundaliniyogan upplevdes vara effektiv vad gäller att reducera stress-relaterade symptom och upplevdes generera positiva effekter i flera områden av respondenternas liv.

Abstract [en]

The numbers of stress-related diagnoses in society are growing while an increased number of people with stress-related symptoms look for help within primary health care. The primary health care provides different treatments for stress-related problems, amongst others kundalini yoga. Hitherto no qualitative study has been made on how practitioners experience kundalini yoga, practised in a drop-in-class, free of charge within primary health care. The study is based on an convenience sample of 5 participants. The participants defined themselves as women aged 25-85 years having different experiences of depression, angst, anxiety and other stress-related symptoms. The participants' responses were collected by the use of semi-structured interviews and analysed using the Constant Comparative Method. The participants expressed positive physical, mental, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual effects. The kundalini yoga fulfilled several crucial purposes in the lives of the participants and was of great importance for their physical and mental well-being. The sense of finding the right context and practice as well as external circumstances such as the kundalini yoga teacher and the fact that the yoga was free of charge played an important role in how the participants experienced the kundalini yoga. The participants perceived kundalini yoga as effective in reducing stress-related symptoms and in generating positive effects in a variety of areas of life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 29 p.
Keyword [en]
Mental health, kundalini yoga, meditation, primary health care, drop-in, stressrelated
Keyword [sv]
Mental hälsa, kundaliniyoga, meditation, primärvård, drop-in, stress-relaterad
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-8148Local ID: PSK500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-8148DiVA: diva2:854629
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Psychology
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Available from: 2015-09-21 Created: 2015-09-17 Last updated: 2015-09-28Bibliographically approved

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