Role of Yoga and Meditation In The Empowerment of Women ; an Ethical Perspective

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... Such techniques set them free from gender stereotypes and make them motivated to be empowered. 26 Moreover, body awareness and satisfaction with body image through mindfulness-based activities play a mediating role in psychological well-being. 27 Therefore, action plans tailored to empowerment should involve interventions to raise women's awareness of the body and self. ...
... The present results are in line with previous research pointing to positive consequences of yoga practice on psychological wellbeing. It has previously been shown that regular practice of yoga (including breathing and meditation) reduced fatigue (e.g., Bower et al., 2012), increased subjective feelings of energy (Shapiro and Cline, 2004), promoted empowerment (Ojha, 2013;Vyas-Doorgapersad and Surujlal, 2014), and increased selfesteem (e.g., Sethi et al., 2013). The results of the present study go beyond such findings and indicate that the increase in the subjective sense of energy and control and self-esteem can be experienced immediately after momentarily performing standing yoga postures. ...
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Research on beneficial consequences of yoga focuses on the effects of yogic breathing and meditation. Less is known about the psychological effects of performing yoga postures. The present study investigated the effects of yoga poses on subjective sense of energy and self-esteem. The effects of yoga postures were compared to the effects of ‘power poses,’ which arguably increase the sense of power and self-confidence due to their association with interpersonal dominance (Carney et al., 2010). The study tested the novel prediction that yoga poses, which are not associated with interpersonal dominance but increase bodily energy, would increase the subjective feeling of energy and therefore increase self-esteem compared to ‘high power’ and ‘low power’ poses. A two factorial, between participants design was employed. Participants performed either two standing yoga poses with open front of the body (n = 19), two standing yoga poses with covered front of the body (n = 22), two expansive, high power poses (n = 21), or two constrictive, low power poses (n = 20) for 1-min each. The results showed that yoga poses in comparison to ‘power poses’ increased self-esteem. This effect was mediated by an increased subjective sense of energy and was observed when baseline trait self-esteem was controlled for. These results suggest that the effects of performing open, expansive body postures may be driven by processes other than the poses’ association with interpersonal power and dominance. This study demonstrates that positive effects of yoga practice can occur after performing yoga poses for only 2 min.
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The concept of ‘chakras’ is gaining surplus attention from West as an alternative to their paradigm of knowledge in psychology and as alternative form of therapy, ‘Chakra Cleansing or balancing’. The concept of chakra is ingrained in ancient Indian scriptures draped under themes such as Tattvas, Nadis, Kundalini, Sarira Traya, etc. In order to mine a comprehensive model of chakra, critical analysis and distillation from the ancient scriptures and literature is made in this paper. Through the model, the author wishes to provide a basis for tool development to measure the functioning of chakras. Moreover, to aid therapists in designing a standardised alternative therapeutic technique which is holistic in nature. Keywords-Tantra, Chakras, Yoga, Kundalini, Nadis
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Mental health is becoming more of a public health concern. As mental health problems rise around the world, and current medical treatments prescribed are ineffective to get people to a level of mental well-being, there is an imperative need for effective mental health promotion initiatives. Yoga is becoming increasingly popular as a means of improving mental health because it has few negative effects. Yoga promotes mental and physical health through a variety of physical and mental exercises. The methods include numerous yoga poses that attempt to maintain the body healthy on a physical level. Breathing exercises and meditation are among the mental disciplines used to control the mind. Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Jnana Yoga are the four major directions that yoga takes. The goal of this study is to explore and evaluate the significance of yoga practices in attaining, maintaining, and enhancing mental health
Today, yoga is considered as an alternative exercise approach to obtain personal health and wellbeing. Yoga’s holistic methodology strives to unite one’s body, mind, and spirit; it is a method of exercise mirrored in the physical, mental, and emotional benefits which result. The focus of this paper will highlight on the effect of yogic exercises and meditation on emotional wellness and spiritual wellness among women. The objectives of this study were to find out the level of emotional wellness and spiritual wellness of women before and after treatment and to find out the impact of yogic exercises and meditation on the emotional wellness and spiritual wellness of women. The investigators have adopted quasi-experimental method for this study. Results of this study show that there is significant difference between pretest and post test scores on emotional wellness and spiritual wellness of women before and after the yogic exercises and meditation.
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