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How does yoga practice and therapy yield psychological benefits? A review and model of transdiagnostic processes

How does yoga practice and therapy yield psychological benefits? A review and model of transdiagnostic processes
How does yoga practice and therapy yield psychological benefits? A review and model of transdiagnostic processes

Interest in yoga as an intervention for psychological wellbeing has increased in recent years, with literature investigating beneficial effects in a variety of presentations and settings. The theoretical understanding of this benefit has previously focused on physiological changes involved in yoga practice, however interest has turned to the potential psychological mechanisms eliciting psychological wellbeing. The current paper builds on previous theory and argues that yoga practice targets transdiagnostic psychological processes; mechanisms that feature commonly across a wide range of presentations, thus reducing distress and increasing wellbeing across clinical and non-clinical populations. Features of yoga practice are discussed in relation to these transdiagnostic processes and the features of modern talking therapies. A new model is proposed positing specific aspects of yoga practice correlate with specific transdiagnostic processes to elicit psychological change and argues that the mechanisms by which change occurs are directly compared with the changes observed in talking therapies. The implications for future research and the potential for this to support the commissioning of holistic approaches in clinical practice are discussed.

Complementary, Holistic, Mental health, Psychology, Therapy, Yoga
1744-3881
Bennetts, Alison
1303c39e-68a0-4516-8b77-b553a5e4de39
Bennetts, Alison
1303c39e-68a0-4516-8b77-b553a5e4de39

Bennetts, Alison (2022) How does yoga practice and therapy yield psychological benefits? A review and model of transdiagnostic processes. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 46, [101514]. (doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2021.101514).

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Interest in yoga as an intervention for psychological wellbeing has increased in recent years, with literature investigating beneficial effects in a variety of presentations and settings. The theoretical understanding of this benefit has previously focused on physiological changes involved in yoga practice, however interest has turned to the potential psychological mechanisms eliciting psychological wellbeing. The current paper builds on previous theory and argues that yoga practice targets transdiagnostic psychological processes; mechanisms that feature commonly across a wide range of presentations, thus reducing distress and increasing wellbeing across clinical and non-clinical populations. Features of yoga practice are discussed in relation to these transdiagnostic processes and the features of modern talking therapies. A new model is proposed positing specific aspects of yoga practice correlate with specific transdiagnostic processes to elicit psychological change and argues that the mechanisms by which change occurs are directly compared with the changes observed in talking therapies. The implications for future research and the potential for this to support the commissioning of holistic approaches in clinical practice are discussed.

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Accepted/In Press date: 14 November 2021
e-pub ahead of print date: 17 November 2021
Published date: February 2022
Keywords: Complementary, Holistic, Mental health, Psychology, Therapy, Yoga

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Local EPrints ID: 452853
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/452853
ISSN: 1744-3881
PURE UUID: 34dbe589-3553-46cb-a35f-a8d3d451810e
ORCID for Alison Bennetts: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2461-7868

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Date deposited: 21 Dec 2021 17:56
Last modified: 24 Nov 2022 05:01

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