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26-12-2016 | ORIGINAL PAPER

Examining the Acute Effects of Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation on Executive Function and Mood

Auteurs: Kimberley Luu, Peter A. Hall

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 4/2017

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to compare the acute effects of hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation on executive function and mood. Using a within-subjects experimental design, 31 moderately experienced hatha yoga practitioners (mean age 27.71 ± 8.32) completed three counterbalanced sessions: hatha yoga (conscious movement and meditation), meditation (mindfulness of breath, emotions, thoughts, and body sensations), and a reading control task. Executive function was assessed using the Stroop task at baseline and at two follow-up points (5 and 10 min post-session). Self-reported mood was measured using the Profile of Mood States (POMS) at baseline and immediately following each session. Findings indicated that hatha yoga (p = .002) and meditation (p = .044) both resulted in significantly improved Stroop performance, though the two conditions did not differ significantly from each other (p = .728). The cognitive benefits in both cases were evident at the 10-min post-session delay but not at the 5-min post-session delay. With respect to mood outcomes, hatha yoga (p < .001) and meditation (p = .050) both resulted in significantly improved POMS total mood scores. Hatha yoga and meditation did not differ significantly from each other in regard to POMS total mood (p = .079), though hatha yoga showed significantly greater benefits on the vigor-activity subscale (p = .006). Overall, findings suggest that acute bouts of hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation benefit executive function and mood to a similar degree.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Examining the Acute Effects of Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation on Executive Function and Mood
Auteurs
Kimberley Luu
Peter A. Hall
Publicatiedatum
26-12-2016
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 4/2017
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-016-0661-2