When an activity is more than just exercise: a scoping review of facilitators and barriers for yoga participation

Cagas, Jonathan Y. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0233-4023 and Biddle, Stuart J. H. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7663-6895 and Vergeer, Ineke ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6560-9023 (2020) When an activity is more than just exercise: a scoping review of facilitators and barriers for yoga participation. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology. ISSN 1750-984X


Abstract

Barriers and facilitators for participating in sports and exercise may vary across different types of activities. Yoga, a comprehensive discipline originating in India, has increasingly gained a place among the physical activities on offer in modern-day society, where it is usually practiced in the form of physical postures, breath regulation and relaxation. Despite its increasing popularity and many potential health benefits, the uptake of yoga is quite low and appears mostly restricted to certain population subgroups. To elucidate factors affecting uptake, this scoping review aims to identify the range of facilitators and barriers for yoga participation in the general adult population. Eighty-eight studies mentioning factors facilitating or hindering yoga participation were identified from 10 electronic databases. Findings corresponding to study and participant characteristics were summarised quantitatively, while findings referring to facilitators and barriers were organised qualitatively using thematic analysis. Results identified facilitators and barriers in addition to those reported for conventional forms of physical activity (e.g. perceived mind–body-spiritual benefits, negative impressions of yoga). These may reflect additional features of yoga beyond exercise and will need further exploration. Understanding the different facilitators and barriers for yoga participation may be useful to enhance the promotion of yoga and consequently increase its uptake.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2020 06:13
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2021 00:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: yoga, barriers, facilitators, motives, perceived benefits
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1104 Complementary and Alternative Medicine > 110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4208 Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine > 420899 Traditional, complementary and integrative medicine not elsewhere classified
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520107 Sport and exercise psychology
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1750984X.2020.1827448
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40408

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