Mental health, yoga, and other holistic movement practices: A relationship worth investigating

Vergeer, Ineke ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6560-9023 and Biddle, Stuart ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7663-6895 (2021) Mental health, yoga, and other holistic movement practices: A relationship worth investigating. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 21:100427. pp. 1-5. ISSN 1755-2966

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Abstract

Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that has undergone many transitions and reinterpretations over time (Goldberg, 2016) and is currently mostly practised as what is called modern postural yoga (De Michelis, 2004). While yoga has received extensive attention within the field of complementary and integrative medicine (Jeter, Slutsky, Singh, & Khalsa, 2015), the attitudes towards yoga within the field of physical activity appear somewhat mixed (Brinsley, Girard, Smout, & Davison, 2021). Illustrative in this is the stance of this journal, Mental Health & Physical Activity (MENPA), which has so far adopted a policy of not considering manuscripts on yoga and other such practices because of the challenges of separating out the effects of physical activity (email communication with editor Professor Adrian Taylor, 18.4.2020). In this commentary, we argue that a) yoga, and other similar practices, deserve to be considered as forms of physical activity, and in particular in relation to mental health, b) complexity is a challenge but not a reason to disregard these practices, and this challenge is not unsurmountable, and c) complexity is not absent from other physical activity contexts when it comes to mental health.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2022 02:39
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2022 02:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical activity; Yoga; Tai chi; Conscious dance; Mind-body; Mental health
Fields of Research (2008): 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
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
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
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420699 Public health not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200499 Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200409 Mental health
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280112 Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mhpa.2021.100427
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/45067

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